In all his endeavors, Steve Roach creates music that exists outside conventional boundaries. This composer, producer, synthesist and multiinstrumentalist is restless in his search for new sounds that connect with an ancient source of truth in this ever changing world.
Roach has earned his position in the international pantheon of major new music artists over the last decade through his ceaseless productivity, constant innovation,and openminded collaborations with numerous artists and the psychological depth of his music. Recognized worldwide as one of the leading innovators of contemporary electronic music, he has released numerous albums since 1981, including the double CD Dreamtime Return (18055-2), which received a perfect 10 out of 10 rating in CD Review magazine.
Roachs music described by critic Dwight Loop,
as "techno tribal music for the global village,"
blends the visceral sounds he designs on synthesizers
and samplers with the primordial rhythms of ethnic
percussion and other exotic instruments, including
the Australian didgeridoo. He studied these
traditional techniques and made his own instrument
with Aboriginal didgeridoo master,
Roachs solo recording, Origins (17081-2),
further blurs the lines between the ancestral and
the futuristic in highly evocative ways. Through a
powerful series of interlocking compositions, the
sophistication of Roachs electronic style artfully
merges with his growing proficiency on percussion,
voice, didgeridoo, and other ethnic instruments
as he takes listeners back in time to the roots of
musical expression. Origins also features several
special guests, including Mexican percussionist,
A tireless producer and collaborator, Roach recently produced Woolunda: Tens Solos for Didgeridoo (13071-2), the first digital compact disc recording of solo didgeridoo music, featuring David Hudson. The summer of 1993 saw another production, featuring Native American flutist, Perry Silverbird. According to Down Beat, listening to Roachs music is like following "a reliable musical muse into a dark, hypnotic realm that wafts of mysticism instead of marketing" but, then again, Roach has always followed his instincts rather than any preconceived notions of what would sell. His uncompromising approach has been rewarded with a steadily growing audience worldwide.
The stark redrock landscapes of Australia that inspired some of Roachs finest work have much in common with the American Southwest, which has also influenced the composers music. While living in Los Angeles, the San Diego native released two groundbreaking albums inspired by the desert regions. The respected United Kingdom music magazine, Q, hailed Western Spaces (17051-2) as one of the "finest electronic albums of the decade" with a five-star rating.
In 1989, Desert Solitaire (17070-2)
paid homage to the
As one of the few electronicbased artists performing live consistently for over 10 years, Roachs engagements have taken him from concert halls in the United States, Canada, and Europe to lava caves in the Canary Islands and volcanic craters in Mexico. These exotic settings have helped him further define his style, a sonic vision that thrives beyond categories, national boundaries, cultural barriers, and quite often, time itself.