Skeleton Keys

by Steve Roach

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Δαβίδ *The Maestro on the nobs, drawing from his roots... A must along with "The Skeleton Collection. Favorite track: SYMMETRY AND BALANCE.
John Cratchley
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John Cratchley Walter Carlos' 'Switched On Bach'...Moroder (you had to be there to realise the impact of "I Feel Love" when it was new)...for me, The Who's "Baba O'Riley" was a touchstone...the Analog synth and sequencer ignite something very basic in the human musical psyche,I think.
A deep rhythmic need: symmetry and pulse,harmony and exactitude...repetition that allows depth of focus...regularity and order...a certain warmth and texture that comforts.
Steve Roach absolutely taps into that with innate understanding and empathy.
He provides a continuity that I thought had been lost...the spirit reawakens!
Richard Gürtler
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Richard Gürtler I am absolutely amazed by lushly flavored scenario of "Skeleton Keys", each track is different, yet the overall feel remains always highly homogeneous. The old vintage sounds are masterfully amplified by Steve's own signatures, which keep on expanding over the course of his stellar career spanning across the four decades. Feel the "Skeleton Keys", feel the magic, feel the energy, feel the passion of the genius, who was born to enrich our lives with his infinite virtuosity and visionary!!!
Aaron Fenner
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Aaron Fenner Outstanding album, love it. Favorite track: A SUBTLE TWIST OF FATE.
Duff Egan
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Duff Egan When humans reach that sonic future analog and DSP utopia of legends of Star Trek, there will be an electronic music grand museum to give credit to the masters. A special location in that structure belongs to Steve Roach, the sensei of temporal space and organic synthetic oscillations. It's been an absolutely memorable day to soak this up and a unique pleasure to hear what feels like the ultimate execution of person synchronizing with machine to create something beautiful and human. Favorite track: SYMMETRY AND BALANCE.
Jeff Kowal
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Jeff Kowal Steve has always been a master of modular, but this CD really shines for it's "purity". Here, Steve applies his gift for controlling the flow of a soundscape to the voltage controlled world of analog sequences and patterns. Favorite track: A SUBTLE TWIST OF FATE.
  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    6 panel digipak made with thick stock

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  • Cassette + Digital Album

    This new 90 min SKELETON KEYS Cassette Edition is presented on high resolution chrome tape. The sound is dynamic, warm and the perfect new way to hear the analog beauty of the original Skeleton Keys.
    This expanded version includes 2 tracks from the companion release the Skeleton Collection
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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Side A - The Only Way In, The Function Inside The Form
    Side B - Escher's Dream Is Dreaming, Innerweave At The Outer Edge - (Lp exclusive)
    180 Gram pressing

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There’s a worldwide analog modular synthesizer resurgence in full swing. Pioneering electronic musician Steve Roach taps into the zeitgeist on Skeleton Keys, a 74-minute album recorded using the large format analog modular synthesizer­/sequencer-based system. These are eight emotional and mind-expanding spiraling mandalas-of-sound made from interwoven tapestries of melody, rhythm, tone and musical space.

“Skeleton Keys connects directly to my first love in electronic music,” Steve Roach explains. “This form of music creates a living portal to a unique place in consciousness, emotion, body awareness and expansion of perception. It’s a place that can only be reached by way of this genre and these instruments, in particular the sequencer: a tool common within electronic music since early in its inception. I have been obsessed with the sound this instrument facilitates since my arrival as a composer in the late 70′s.”

With the availability of a new era of hardware instrument builders to draw from, in early 2014 Steve set out to create his ideal­ large format modular synthesizer­/sequencer-based system.

“My intention was single-minded,” Steve says, “to make these ‘Keys’ in particular. The instant this system was in place, the compulsion to create was unleashed. Each piece on this release is an aural skeleton key providing entry through these arcane doors to what awaits inside. In addition, the momentum of my life’s experience was vital in helping turn the skeleton key to open these doors at this precise moment.”

Steve’s artistic path is filled with new discoveries, both nuanced and dramatic. He brings to the table years of dedication and experience exploring sound via hands-on synthesis.

With the sense of an artist working in three dimensional space, Steve’s skill set creates an album that breathes power, passion and vital life energy. On Skeleton Keys Steve connects to the European EM masters at the roots of his electronic heritage while simultaneously mapping the soundworld of today’s contemporary technology-based music. The result is warm and engaging retro-futurism, a continuing evolution upon the musical structures Steve has unlocked in the restless pursuit of his soundquest.


released May 4, 2015


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As a pioneering cornerstone of ambient-atmospheric-electronic music, internationally-renowned artist Steve Roach has dedicated four decades to exploring myriad soundworlds that connect with a timeless source of inspiration.


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