Return To The Dreamtime

by Steve Roach

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Frank LaRue Owen
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Frank LaRue Owen A sublime remembrance. I first time I really dropped in and truly "heard" Dreamtime Return was while driving headlong into a blizzard in 1991. The weather seemed to mirror my inner state. I was driving blind and tumbling through my grief. Magnificent Gallery came on. Catharsis commenced. By the time I arrived home, healing had begun. Favorite track: Magnificent Gallery 2018.
Δαβίδ
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Δαβίδ *As a stand alone live album, the concert is powerful, immersive and cinematic like. Yet, I believe the concert will have greater meaning for the listener when placed in context of Dreamtime Return 1988/2018. Presented here with a little more analogue drive but remaining close to its original, the spirit of Amazement prevails as Dreamtime is Returned to and honored in a dynamic and surreal setting... Just settle in and Immerse thy self as the "journey continues"... Favorite track: Magnificent Gallery 2018.
Shadaab Kadri
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Shadaab Kadri I was really excited about this release because Dreamtime Return is one of my favourite ambient albums of all time. This brought back some beautiful memories. Favorite track: Magnificent Gallery 2018.
Richard Gürtler
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Richard Gürtler Symphonious forest quietudes are amalgamated with mesmerizingly infinite and animately propelled sequences. Dreamtime origins are serenely ascending in distant solitudes and clandestinely spread across the magnificently expansive panoramas. Sparkling cyber-tech glimpses keep on emerging, while intensely nuanced audacious meridians move to the forefront here and there. The listener is persistently confronted with blossoming momentum of virtuosic soundmagic, where infinite sequencer illuminations seamlessly commingle with engrossingly sweeping ancient memories, where nebulously vigorous tribals aggregate with warmly yearning vistas, where indigenous ceremonies coalesce with spellbinding drone spirals, where utterly graceful horizons harmonize with glimmering moments of eternally immersing silence, where shimmering subtleties blend with tranquilizing synthetic helixes, where flamboyantly hypnotic state-of-the-art alchemies reach symmetrical equilibrium with the genius loci of awe-inspiring terra incognitas. Return to the dreamtime is fully ignited, the gates are unlocked once again, enter now!!!
Biff Johnson and Shelley Andrews
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Biff Johnson and Shelley Andrews Dreamtime update!!!! New grooves here and there.Tracks stretched out to better reveal the impact of these timeless soundscapes. Powerful themes have not aged and the absolute power of sublime serenity is stronger than ever,Now ask,how does a live recording sound so great?It is the truth and the soul of the artist who refuses to stand still.Incredible isn't it !!!! I found myself reminiscing about the last 30 years and found this music guided me along. Favorite track: A Circular Ceremony 2018.
David Prescott
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David Prescott Fantastic album. So many great Steve Roach elements blending nicely -- the sequences, the atmospheres, the surprising random sounds worked in. This is worthy of its name and history. :-)
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This return presents expanded and evolved pieces from Dreamtime Return,created live at the Galactic Center, Tucson Arizona, February 10, 2018.
The concert was broadcast live worldwide on SomaFM
Recording engineer Rusty Hodge.
These recordings were fine tuned at the Timeroom by Steve and mastered by Howard Givens presenting a studio quality sonic experience empowered by the live moment.

Return To the Dreamtime – 30 years deeper

Day and night for several months leading up to the February 2018 Return To The Dreamtime premier concert weekend I traveled deep into the essence of where this music lives in my being. Initiated by the process of immersing in the 30th-year remastering of Dreamtime Return, this inspired the desire to expand upon and present this music live for the first time since the early 90’s.

The pragmatic work began with excavating the archived sounds, samples, and location recordings I created for this project in 1987/88. The sources were still cataloged and stored in my studio, having traveled with me though many moves and different Timeroom locations over the years.

All of the essential sounds and samples were still in working order on 512 kb floppy disks and 80s-era hard drives for the Emu samplers. The original analog synth patches have continuously lived in my Oberheim Xpander as well. The technical side was just one part of the process in the reconnection to this pivotal time.

The live-in-a-studio-like environment of Solar Culture’s Galactic Center was essential in this recording; the energy of the packed in-house audience combined with the worldwide listeners tuning into SomaFM’s live broadcast supercharged the atmosphere of the space and momentum into this moment.

As these portals to the Dreamtime experience were opened, memories and tactile sensations of my time in Australia along with the epiphanies from then into now flooded my creative consciousness, placing me directly into this realm of a return within the Return.

Steve Roach
June 2018

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released August 3, 2018

Instruments: Oberheim Xpander, Emu Esynth, Korg Wavestation, Nordlead 2 and 4,
TTSH Arp 2600 clone and Eurorack expander, DSI Evolver, Doepfer MAQ 16 sequencer,
Korg drum machines, Mackie VLZ 4 - 32 channel mixer, didgeridoo,
outboard effects by Lexicon, Line 6, Eventide.

Special thanks to: Kati Astaire and Galactic Center, Tucson. Byron Metcalf for The Continent and The Ancients’ Way percussion elements. Robert Rich for Songline percussion. Brian Parnham for A Circular Ceremony rainstick. Will Merkle, Nathan Youngblood and Rodney Ferryman for concert support. Kyle Wright and Frank Beissel for recording tech support. Rusty Hodge for the incredible support at SomaFM.

Cover concept by Steve Roach, graphic design by Sam Rosenthal
Mastered by Howard Givens - Spotted Peccary Studios NW, Portland, Oregon
Kata Tjuta cover photograph by Alberto Loyo; inside by Pisa Photography
Woolunda photograph, Cape York Australia - David Stahl

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