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Title: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: Blackinfinity on April 24, 2010, 08:54:30 PM
(http://www.projekt.com/projekt/assets/product_images/PRO00246.jpg)

Some more info about the Sigh Of Ages album.
Anyway, this album sounds especially interesting, from what I read it will most likely be one of my favorites album with Steve Roach.

Tracks:

Quelling Place
The View from Here
Sentient Breath
Morning of Ages
Return of the Majestic
Longing to Be...

"Emotions quietly stir and resonate in this deeply self-reflective album exploring the terrain between melodic electronic/ambient and modern minimalism. These six pieces utilize gentle melody, harmony and sonic tonality to poignantly reflect upon the passage of time, life lived, lives passed and a time of renewal: a sigh of the ages expressed in sound.
Sigh of Ages is the result of extended periods of solitude and personal reflection for acclaimed composer Roach. Resulting directly from dynamic personal and cultural events, these pieces developed over time and in the moment. After 10 months of early morning and late night sonic meditations, Roach collected these various pieces and found they portrayed a poetic theme of sonic interpretations from this experience. Sculpted and refined in the artist's deft hands, the source material of life itself took on a voice that spoke from a deep emotional well of subtle contemplation. A sacred realm of inner reflection.

"The title came to me as I was creating the pieces," Roach recalls. "Titles always seem to emerge through the hours of working on the music combined with the place the sound takes me. What emerged was the sense of what it feels like to release a big sigh after a challenging time or a long run in life. A poignant sense of nostalgia and longing, breathing a collective sigh of release which carries forth into psychological and spiritual space. That is where the music and eventually the title grew from."

Sigh of Ages taps into a lineage of signpost releases starting with the '80s melodic era of Structures from Silence and Quiet Music up through the textural tour de force of 2003's Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces and 2009's Dynamic Stillness. For this journey, Roach drew on his essential collection of beloved analog synthesizers including a classic 40-year-old Arp String Ensemble, a historic polyphonic synthesizer that breathes life into the track "Morning of Ages," swirling and rolling upon itself like the strong currents of a rushing mountain river. "The View from Here" unfolds in a stately motion on a majestic sequenced pulse with voluminous melodic synthesizer clouds unfolding along the horizon. This alchemy of sounds creates a deeply nuanced album filled with shadow and light, unique within the language of Roach's soundworlds.

While the passage of time and expansive breath is an ongoing theme for Roach, the reflections and perceptions expressed on Sigh of Ages delves into a contrasted intimate space only accessed in times of solitude. It is the deeply-layered, subtley-nuanced emotional language which is the ongoing, unseen undercurrent of our lives. "


http://www.projekt.com/projekt/product.asp?sku=PRO00246
Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: drone on on April 24, 2010, 09:16:06 PM
Oh God, another statue! (see other Roach thread)  Hope it's good...
Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: judd stephens on April 25, 2010, 10:57:42 AM
That's the quintessential Projekt album cover!
Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: mgriffin on April 26, 2010, 10:01:08 AM
I think Sam has about a million photos of statues and gargoyles and graveyards!~
Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: Scott M2 on April 26, 2010, 10:52:46 AM
Man! Even for someone with a large Roach collection, that "Other Albums by This Artist" list is scary/shocking/amazing!
Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: Blackinfinity on April 26, 2010, 02:28:14 PM
Well, when I did first begin to listen to Steve Roach a about 5 years ago, I thought holy shit, he have released way too many albums.
But right now I can't really get enough of his albums. And each album I think have a limit in how many times it can be played...
So new albums are always of big interest.  This album I can imagine will be very different then his other albums.
Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: Hypnagogue on May 05, 2010, 12:29:56 PM
Wondering how I missed the announcement on this one!
Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: drone on on May 06, 2010, 05:46:14 AM
Why would this be "very different" than his other albums??? Unless he's doing ambient ukelele, I tend to doubt it. ;-)
Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: jim02 on June 10, 2010, 12:44:29 AM
a short pre-glimpse..
http://www.amazon.com/Sigh-Ages-Dig-Steve-Roach/dp/B003NWS5MW/ref=sr_1_34?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1276155555&sr=1-34

sounds like a unique mix of elements 'within' his own familiar language as we do know.. though 30 sec. are too short to really judge this
Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: DeepR on June 11, 2010, 02:01:04 PM
enough to make me interested, as usual :)

Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: drone on on June 12, 2010, 11:29:56 PM
Thanx for the link to sound samples.  No revelatory groundbreaking vibes do these samples impart to mine ears; however, I will definitely be ordering it!
Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: DeepR on June 16, 2010, 01:50:13 PM
samples on his site are up
Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: DeepR on June 23, 2010, 01:44:39 PM
I must say I'm getting very interested.
I don't care if his sound doesn't change much. A good painter could make a 1000 beautiful paintings using the same type of colors. Besides his sound is still quite varied if you look at everything he's done.
Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: Mark Mushet on June 23, 2010, 05:47:40 PM
(http://www.projekt.com/projekt/assets/product_images/PRO00246.jpg)

My first thought is: Joy Division re-issue of "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: judd stephens on June 27, 2010, 07:59:41 PM
Listening to the samples at Roach's online HQ.  Sounds interesting- more emotional, and slightly more dramatic for a Steve Roach album.  Reminds me of Jesse's work (Numina).
Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: drone on on July 10, 2010, 10:22:41 PM
Although not due out until 7/13, my local store had a copy which of course I purchased!  Sounded real good on the drive home.  Track 4, "Morning of Ages" is a stunner, very inspired piece.  Lots of repeat listenings ahead this weekend.
Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: Scott Raymond on July 11, 2010, 10:11:05 AM
  I just got my promo copy yesterday (thanks, Sam). Though it's the Steve Roach sound I've come to know and love, he takes it in a different direction this time. More emotional, more elegaic. I like it a lot. I'll leave it to others with better command of the English language to wax poetic, but this is one of the better ones I've heard in a while.

  By the way, the photography isn't stock Sam Rosenthal clip art. The photography is by some guy named Chuck from Philadelphia, who is known for other things besides photography (musician, DJ, concert promoter, etc.). Maybe that's why he had an advance copy...

Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: Resonant Drift on July 15, 2010, 10:19:29 AM
Been listening to this for a couple days.  It is in the same vein as some recent releases.  I am having a hard time placing exactly what it is after only a couple listens but there is a different feel to this one.  The sound is really appealing and I want to continue to play it.  Morning of Ages (track 4) and Longing To Be...(track 6) are real standouts for me.
Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: headonist on July 29, 2010, 10:15:55 AM
I thought this was very good so far!
Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: mgriffin on July 29, 2010, 04:35:29 PM
We have copies of this coming for the Hypnos store, btw.
Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: jim02 on August 02, 2010, 09:27:43 AM
well well, a 'full' preview of Roach & Seelig upcoming NIGHTBLOOM.
sounds like Roach get more aggressive with beats & percussion.. quite a surprise..
http://peoplesmusicstore.com/catalogue_items/675347
Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: SunDummy on August 04, 2010, 04:30:18 PM
I think I'm in the minority here, but this just isn't working for me.  It doesn't have any depth, to my ears, and it doesn't develop in an interesting way.  Maybe I've been listening to too much of his stuff and the sounds are just starting to blur together, but this sounds like a rehearsal or some cast-off tracks from earlier releases.

I find that his collaborations seem to have more substance to them than his recent solo works.  Maybe he's running out of ideas?

You can now begin pelting me with rotten tomatoes...   ;D :P
Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: drone on on August 04, 2010, 08:19:51 PM
No, you're not alone in your summation.  It's been really hard for me to get into this.  The sound is so different from the classic Roach we all know, and expect--maybe this is the "problem."  This album is not drowned in reverb and the music is more "up front," if that makes sense.  If ECM went purely "electronic", maybe this would be the result?  I had a good listen at work today and started to appreciate what he did here.  This is one you might need to put on the shelf for awhile and come back to with new ears.       
Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: SunDummy on August 05, 2010, 10:16:52 AM
Shelving it won't be a problem...   ;)

I'll give it a try next year.   :D
Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: Blackinfinity on August 05, 2010, 11:11:17 AM
I think it was a disappointment too. Did expect something more different.
Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: jim02 on October 31, 2010, 07:39:45 AM
..it has been while since i was looking forward to a Roach disc that much like this one;
http://projekt.com/projekt/product.asp?dept_id=&sku=PRO00253

as i'm longing back for Roach more darker, organic, grittier atmospheric tribal sounds, this might be a cool one that may fit these words..

i think Brian Parnham's recent CD re-issue The Broken Silence is an excellent disc, and deserves attention for the ones that like above's superlatives.. :)
Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: richardgurtler on October 31, 2010, 09:00:33 AM
Totally agree, the re-issue of "The Broken Silence" by Brian Parnham is one of the highlights of 2010, together with "Nightbloom" by Steve Roach & Mark Seelig. So I can't wait for Steve's and Brian's co-work too.

All the best to all of you.

Richard
Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: Numina on November 05, 2010, 09:52:36 AM
I really like this album. I liked it the first time I heard it but like it more as time goes on. I think one thing that throws people off is the artwork. It's completely different from anything Steve has done before and I'm not sure the music fits the artwork vibe (just my opinion, I love the artwork too). The artwork would go a lot better with something far more dark. Incidentally, I was about to use a very similar album cover for one of my Numinamusic releases but Roach beat me to it again! (I was also at one point about to release an album titled "Darkest Before Dawn").
Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: drone on on November 05, 2010, 11:18:29 PM
Yeah sure, next you'll say you were gonna call Sanctuary of Dreams "The Magnificent Void"!! (j/k) ;-)
Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: jim02 on December 12, 2010, 07:41:35 AM
some short excerpts from the upcoming THE DES(S)ERT INBETWEEN :-)
http://www.amazon.com/The-Desert-Inbetween/dp/B004FCDXW6/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1292164781&sr=301-1
or for longer excerpts;
http://www.floatingpointrecords.com/TheDesertInbetween.html
Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: Robert Logan on December 12, 2010, 05:25:32 PM
some short excerpts from the upcoming THE DES(S)ERT INBETWEEN :-)
http://www.amazon.com/The-Desert-Inbetween/dp/B004FCDXW6/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1292164781&sr=301-1
or for longer excerpts;
http://www.floatingpointrecords.com/TheDesertInbetween.html


Thanks, this is sounding really fresh. Those longer excerpts especially - they're both on top form! Can't wait to get it.

Out of all his more recent releases, I've enjoyed Roach's collaboration albums more than his solo releases. Mystic Chords was his last solo release to have really blown me away and surprised me, but since then there's been a steady stream of excellent collaborative releases (and the solo stuff hasn't been bad by any means - just not quite as essential to my ears.)
Title: Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
Post by: jim02 on December 13, 2010, 12:43:43 AM
yes, i do agree. i've been playing these MP3s quite a few times last night from Brian's site and i think it's really outstanding what they do here.. the grooves are very cool, with occasionally more raw sounds and excellent deep desert atmospheres.. i should wait for its final product but i think this might be something special..