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Texture Maps

by Steve Roach

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rikm An exquisite ambient release from Steve Roach, beautiful drifting pads that flow through the soundscape, leading the listener on a calm and soothing musical voyage. Among my very personal favorites from all of Roach's extensive and impressive catalog...
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Portis Even though the tracks span from 1987 (doesn't sound like it though!) to 2003, this release is quite cohesive. Beatless, space travel through to enticing, mysterious, and darkened zones. Favorite track: Artifact Ghost.
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Crimson Disciple Fantastic album. Very ambient and relaxing. Great mix of electronic sounds! Favorite track: Gray and Purple.
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Resonances & Words Absolutely another great work from the master! Thanks!
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Scott This collection (apart from great music) has one of my favorite covers from among Steve Roach's entire body of work. Favorite track: Gray and Purple.
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Bottomless 2 07:03
Quiet Sun 05:29
Soul Light 15:02


This purely atmospheric set maps the shift from the tonal serenity found on Steve's earlier work as it transitions towards a darker harmonic landscape. The centerpiece of TEXTURE MAPS is a pivotal 20-minute piece recorded the same week as "Looking for Safety" from DREAMTIME RETURN. Titled "Grey and Purple", it's a genuine lost piece from 1987 that foreshadows Steve's sonic evolution later realized on THE MAGNIFICENT VOID and ultimately MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES.

This edition of Lost Pieces has a consistent atmospheric feel throughout, unlike THE LOST PIECES (Vol. 1) and TRUTH & BEAUTY (Vol. 2) which mixed the dynamic and more atmospheric pieces together.

1. "Gray and Purple" (1987) -- This pivotal piece was recorded live in the studio the same week as "Looking for Safety" from DREAMTIME RETURN. In listening now, I can feel how it was forecasting the oncoming contrasted harmonic climates that would become most realized on THE MAGNIFICENT VOID and MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES. The shift from the serene nature of QUIET MUSIC and STRUCTURES FROM SILENCE is clear on this recording.

2. "Artifact Ghost" (1993) -- This atmosphere has continued to haunt me from the moment it was made. It first was heard supporting the momentum of the rhythmic forms on ARTIFACTS and WELL OF SOULS. This pure version was used as a "walk in" atmosphere for many concerts around this time. While it's around nine minutes on this CD, the original length was 90 minutes. I found the circular - spiraling - aspect of this steady state space especially effective when it was played in continuous low volume loop playback in the house for many days and nights around this time.

3, 4, 5. "Spiral Triptych" (2001) -- These three interconnected spaces are part of a large collection of unreleased zones that shaped the direction of the MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES project early on.

6. "Bottomless 2" (1999) -- An alternate mix of a piece featured on a compilation for the Hypnos label. It is poured from a similar material that made THE MAGNIFICENT VOID, and created around this same time.

7, 8. "Quiet Sun" and "Soul Light" (2003) -- These two spaces are a few of the many created live in the studio after MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES was complete. The creative momentum continued pulling me deeper in as I was coming back up to the surface upon the official conclusion of the four Mystic CD's. The pieces kept coming, and this one in particular feels like a fitting bookend in relationship to the opening piece from 1987, "Gray and Purple".


released February 1, 2002


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