Steve Roach | Live Transmission (From the Drone Zone At SomaFM) (2-CD)

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Live Transmission (From the Drone Zone At SomaFM) (2-CD)

by Steve Roach

Created in a single two-hour session at the SomaFM studio in San Francisco, Live Transmission is Steve Roach doing what he does best: creating transcendent electronic music emerging from an elemental, instinctual mode.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. In the Light of Day
21:54 album only
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2. Zone of Drones
7:46 album only
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3. Looking for Safety (Live On SomaFM)
14:32 album only
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4. Reflecting Chamber (Live On SomaFM)
11:31 album only
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5. Kairos Portal
4:39 album only
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6. Vortex Immersion (Live On SomaFM)
32:26 album only
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7. Westwind (Live On SomaFM)
16:49 album only
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8. Today (Live On SomaFM)
16:40 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Created in a single two-hour session two days after his epic May 2013 Ambicon concert, LIVE TRANSMISSION is Steve Roach doing what he does best: creating transcendent electronic music emerging from an elemental, instinctual mode. With months of preparation absorbed into his system, Steve’s slow-flow moods and evocative soundscapes blend with ecstatic rhythmic sections born from hands-on analog sound creation. The result is a direct transference of creative energy from the artist through his instruments out to the listener.

For this 2-CD release, Steve travelled with a portable version of his Timeroom Studio to the San Francisco-based headquarters of internet radio station SomaFM. For the past twelve years, SomaFM’s “Drone Zone” channel has exposed a global audience to the best of electronic excursions with Steve as one of their regularly featured artists. Over the past few years, Soma founder Rusty Hodge and Steve have discussed creating a first-time-ever live electronic transmission directly from the SomaFM home base. As an in-the-studio immersion experience, this event unfolded with a large worldwide audience tuning in; Steve channeled that awareness into this expanded excursion. The set weaves all new soundworlds with evolving themes from classic pieces into a seamless odyssey.

On LIVE TRANSMISSION the musical journey is experienced in its pure form of creation: potent sounds unfolding in front of the listener like an act of nature. Surging heartbeats blend with deep atmospheric cloudbursts and serene moments of repose soon dissolve into shapeshifting landscapes. LIVE TRANSMISSION is the place where Steve’s music thrives, created at the leading edge of now.


A review from Ambient Music Guide
Best of 2013

In the 1970′s and early 80s there arose a thread of American ambient e-music that, while often confused with Californian new age, had greater longevity embedded in its DNA than the output of many a new age musician. Steve Roach, Robert Rich and Michael Stearns were the leading lights of this school – aided greatly by exposure on Stephen Hill’s radio program Music From The Hearts Of Space – and all three are still active today.

2013 saw Steve Roach returning to live performance for the first time in some years. He played three venues – the Ambicon festival, plus a live webcast from SOMA FM’s San Francisco studios, plus three shows at the Vortex Dome in Los Angeles later in the year. This double-length set is from his Soma FM gig and it’s truly glorious. I saw his Ambicon gig in May and musically Live Transmission is in the same league, just longer – a slowly developing tapestry of improvisation and prepared themes performed on a mix analogue and digital gear. All the elements of his sound are there: vast slow moving clouds, breathing synthetic chords, shakers, didgeridoo, dark tribal beats, pretty Berlin-school arpeggios and loads of samples from natural environments. The music’s complexity and emotion, and its undeniable psychedelic power, is not simply gifted to you. It demands patience and a certain surrender to the fact that you’re going on a long, gently twisting journey.

Steve Roach’s discography is so vast, his creative achievements and his influence on other e-musicians so hard to measure, that no one album could even approach being a rough summary of his work. Live Transmission is hardly a greatest hits set anyway – a version of “Looking For Safety” that originally appeared on his epic Dreamtime Return (1989) is the only track here that would be widely recognised among Roach fans. But what this album does show is tremendous poise – a live performer in complete command of his art and still inspired after more than 30 years of music making.

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