The Skeleton Collection - 2005 - 2015 Companion Disc

by Steve Roach

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Jasmin A nice Collection of 10 Years analog Sound and nice Sequencer Tunes. I love these well done recordings! Favorite track: The Skeleton Key - 2005.
John Cratchley
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John Cratchley superfluity...
Purity: clear,precise,warm analog sound.
Clarity: of both meaning and intention.
Immediacy: in the moment decision making.
Indeterminacy: the random element that needs to be acknowledged and answered.
Spontaneity: in the moment,one chance decision making.
No Superfluity: just the essential sounds allowed to speak for themselves.
All these things in the hands of someone who really knows what he's doing.
The Golden Bough of Analog Arcadia.

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QuantumAudio I'm a big fan of analog synthesis and mods, this brings a sense of joy, and memories.Steve Roach is one of the few artists that keeps the music true. Nothing to do with record company profits but pure unadulterated artistry! Favorite track: The Skeleton Key - 2005.
LARUTANATURAL Pure sequenced delight. The whole album is a sonic jewel, but the theme "The Joy Of Sequence" has haunted me without remedy. Absolutely mesmerizing, beautiful, moving, dynamic... I deeply love it from the bottom of my heart. Steve, I love your ethnic ambient style, but you're an absolute master on sequencers. My wild dream would be to listen to a sequenced album from your magic fingers with Klaus Schulze. Best wishes from San Sebastian, Spain (I still remember your concert here in 1991 :-) ) Favorite track: The Joy Of Sequence - 2015.
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This collection of new and previously unreleased pieces starts out tracking the origin of Skeleton Keys: the first five tracks, recorded in 2005, set the idea into motion of creating a project of pure analog synth/sequencer-based music. I wanted to place the attention directly on these pure kinetic forms, intentionally stripped down to the essentials. The focus remains on the purity of the analog sound and the interweave of the patterned melodic strands and the ever-present pulse. Those elements all work together to create the keys for opening into a place of perception only obtained though this form of music.

Analog modular creation is all about spontaneous hands-on interaction and the visceral connection in the body and mind as the sound is spiraling forth from the speakers. No second guessing here: the priority is engaging with the immediacy of live electronic music on hardware instruments. Feel it, go with it, shape it by hand, record it, move on.

After orbiting around this project for several years, I continued to return to the original 2005 recordings, still feeling the growing desire to explore the "essence of the sequence" direction.

By early 2014, I built a large format analog system on the platform. This was essential in giving me the tools to unlock the passages that would become the definitive Skeleton Keys release. Once this album was complete, the momentum remained at a high point. All I could do was keep capturing peak live moments in the studio. By February 2015, tracks 5, 6 and 7 arrived. Including these on this album felt like a perfect perspective on the tracks that started the Skeleton Keys project a decade ago. It's all here now.


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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