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Listening to vp vol1.  8)

Michael's long-overdue planetarium album "Music for the Dome" is finished & already at TrepStar ready to be uploaded to BandCamp. But, it's holding off on releasing it 'till September when college radio is back 'online' for the fall semester. Everything simply shuts down in the summer.

Most of Michael's time has been spent scoring a feature film for Sony, long project that will take him through next spring for release in 2018.

In addition, he's been working on a new two room studio up in the foothills of Santa Fe. The upstairs studio will be all synths and guitars, downstairs is a large Dolby Atmos mixing stage. Downstairs is finished, he's working now on the upstairs studio and systems integration at the moment.
Thx for the update. Really missing MS work. Totally awesome music.

From my understanding Michael spends most of his creative time doing sound for amusement parks and the occasional movie. I also heard he was going to perform in Tucson last February, but I don't know what came of that. I think I saw some photos of him on Facebook of late, it looked like he was traveling.

Last I heard he was suppose to perform in tucson. But that never happened. As far as his Facebook. I thought his page was hacked. I saw the travel photos but it did not look like it was his or related.

I know Michael Stearns performed a few years back at Ambicon. But he has since been quite....again. Kit Watkins has been very quite for the last 10+ years. I thought Michael was going to do a gig in Tucson this year but that did not happen.
Does anybody know whats going on with the 2 musicians?

How does the newly remastered cd sound compared to the original (Sonic Atmospheres) cd? I just pulled it out from my collection and listening right now.
I was hoping M Stearns would perform live someplace USA after the 2013 AmbiCon gig. The one that I missed. And now regretting it. I know he was AWOL for about 10+ years before that weekend. Heard rumors that he was going to perform a live show somewhere earlier this month. But that did not happen. But the music still lives on......
.......How about a one off gig somewhere in beautiful country Michael Stearns?

Let me add that the AmbiCon 2013 gig, M Stearns was my favorite artist for that event. I felt it was way to short of a set for Steve Roach and Robert Rich to accomplish what they normally do best.

Edit: Checking on eBay while listening to Within - The Nine Dimensions, that cd is up for sale on eBay for $150+. I guess it's more rare than Planetary Unfolding.

considering it as an investment since it will become an collector item which you probably can sell on ebay for much more then what you gave in the future.

Well lets see who buy the book for that price.
what is expensive is very

Investment? I don't know if it could considered as an investment. It does cost a lot. How much do you think someone could get on eBay or other places? I did buy the book with CD combo pack. I can see maybe after the limited 100 copies are sold out at Timerooms and Projekt that somebody might want to purchase it and is willing to pay $200+ for it. Or if I were to try and sell it later that a hardcore Roach fan might want a copy of it. But I could be wrong. The book is really nice. Worth the $$$? Guess we will have to wait and see.
As far as the cd's… I was at both shows in LA and also have the podcast version. But I am really digging his newest releases Emotion Revealed and Live in Tucson-Pinnacle Moments over in Bandcamp. Was also at the Tucson gig for both nights. Epic nights.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: November 01, 2015, 08:47:36 PM »
Purchased SR's Now on vinyl last week. Waiting on its arrival. Should be good.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Kit Watkins
« on: October 12, 2015, 09:28:21 PM »
Haven't heard Kit Watkins in many moons. Anybody have news on whats Kit up to these days? His site has not been updated in years.

 8) pre-ordered this evening. and now listening to the samples on bandcamp. I will say this. . .if you enjoy Steve's music, then you are in for a rude awaking! This is Steve at another level taking a step backwards by going forward in a huge leap. analog. I've been waiting for this release with big anticipation. I can wait a few weeks for the hardcopies to arrive. Especially the vinyl. This digital stream will do for now. a HUGE 4 thumbs up for now. awaiting the vinyl…..
…to be continued.

Thought I'd start this one up now a month before it's release.
Steve's next release should be an interesting one. When I first heard and saw the title I was a little surprised. But after reading about it I thought it was very cool. Although the information and track titles are up on his website there are no sound offerings yet. I'm sure it will be up around the time of the pre-order. I will be ordering both vinyl and cd. I am about to pull the plug and buy Robert Rich's vinyl Premonitions. The 3 songs that I heard sound really nice. I was at Rich's gig in Pomona and I wish I had bought it then. But the $ was not available at the time.

I will be there.
Nice! Maybe jump in for a short duo? Or not. Take a seat and chill out to Steve. I wonder what Steve has in store for us this year.  8)

Wow, not even I would travel (and I'm just a few states away) to a Steve Roach concert, unless if it was within 50 miles.  Now that's dedication!

LOL. I've flown across the pond each year since 2008 (except for 2011 I believe) to see Edgar Froese's Tangerine Dream perform live. Last year for 2 shows in Frankfurt and Cologne. Steve Roach I've been going to see perform live every year since 1996. Flown across the states to Hartford in 1999. I dig the music. But it's the "live" experience for me. Sure I can go see RUSH, U2, Scorpions, etc play live in front of thousands as they play basically the same songs (past hits). It's all good. But to be into the gathering at Steve's concert's is what makes it so special. If he performs in Tucson next year I will be there again. Robert Rich is another one I would take a road trip or fly out to see live.

Anybody here going? Or not? I'll be there, again. For both shows. Just like last year. Now that it looks like Steve has found a new home to play yearly will this will be an annual event?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Edgar Froese in tribute
« on: January 29, 2015, 10:48:58 AM »
It certainly feels terrible to actually have to type & announce, but if many of you have yet to hear, Edgar Froese died on January 20th.

As I've written elsewhere, I'm sitting here trying to come to terms with that, on so many different levels. Icon, pioneer, visionary…you can levy these sobriquets at him, and while applicable, it seems all too easy resorting to obvious signifiers, as if such by-rote labeling is enough to measure the man's historical weight. Tangerine Dream was my entreé into the world of electronic music, environments augured by Mssrs. Froese, Franke, Baumann, Schmoelling, et al, that to my young ears was a vivid, life-altering, ear-bending reveal of science fiction worlds initialized in sound. "Force Majeure" was the first TD album I bought, and it did my head in—the vast rainbow of elusive, multi-hued sounds & patterns on the album has rarely been eclipsed in successive years, and while I of course embrace all their classic work, that's the record that remains their masterpiece to me.

I interviewed Edgar for the second issue of my print magazine "i/e" back in '92, and it was an encounter I remember well; he was gregarious, attentive, and intense. I had just witnessed their superb performance at the Scottsdale Amphitheatre in Arizona, after which Edgar & I spent a memorable hour privately talking in the building's exit stairwell. I can still recall how fixed his gaze was on me, answering my questions with great detail and obvious enthusiasm. I'll never forget the experience—and despite the band's arguably diminishing aural returns the past few decades, the legacy of what Froese & TD wrought through their expert knob twiddling remains uncontestable. Edgar and his group's influence on my life, as a writer, listener, performer, and collector of electronic music is incalcuable, immeasurable, and surely informs the foundation of my interests in these musics for over four decades.

Thru metamorphic rocks indeed...

Thanks for sharing. Tangerine Dream was also my introduction into the world of electronic music back in 1978 with the album Sorcerer. I just graduated from high school, working and going to college. A co-worker happened to bring in the album Sorcerer for me to take home and listen. I was into Pink Floyd, ELP, Led Zeppelin, Yes, etc. After one listen to the album I was hooked. I went out and bought any album I could find of TD. Mainly the 70's album Rubycon, Phaedra, Ricochet (which still remains as my favorite), Force Majaure, etc. The rest as they say is history. If it wasn't for TD I probably would not be here. The music got me through good time and bad times. I kinda fell out of the Dream music from mid 90's till mid 2000. Thats when I found Steve Roach, Robert Rich, Vidna Obmana and other ambient artist. I went back to the Dream after finding a group of loyal fans on TD's website. And flew over to meet them and see TD perform the London Eye concert. Although it wasn't my first TD gig, it was memorable. My first TD gig was at the Coach House in 92. Not really the way I wanted to see them live, but… was TD.
It's funny how there are a lot of DreamHeads out there in the world but none of them seem to care these days until Edgar's death.  Then they all come out and say how wonderful he was. Well I been a loyal fan since 1978 and I will remain loyal to the music till the day I go. Just remember that Edgar was one of the founders of electronic/techno/ambient music. Or whatever you want to call it these days. He was and is part of history and a Legend. R.I.P.

Not as much as I spend on craft BEER!!  :)

I can say I have the Steve's whole catalog plus some. Well of Souls, On This Planet, Origins/Artifacts, MC&SS Pt 1-4, Immersion series are just a few that I really enjoy and listen to alot. Depending on the mood.  ;)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Pink Floyd in Fall
« on: July 21, 2014, 08:50:15 AM »
Love anything PF. But this one "could" be a crock of "sh!te"
I hope they (David Gilmour and Nick Mason) will do this album proper. It doesn't sound like Robert Waters will be involved. Well, maybe another lawsuit. This album reminds me of Tangerine Dream's Ambient Monkeys. Nothing but pre-concert ambient sounds, which is okay if I'm at the concert and waiting for the band to take stage. But to pay $$'s for some leftover sounds that David Gilmour put out for pre concert stuff is a ripoff IMO.
Get back in the studio and add some vocals and maybe invite Roger Waters.

The Doors - Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine 

Picked this one up in Tucson on my recent road trip to see Steve perform at Solar Culture. Listening to the cd as I type this. Deep and dark. Digging this one.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / ROACH Road Trip. . . .the Long Trip
« on: February 17, 2014, 08:52:43 AM »
Sorry analog and digital friends, but I have to share my latest road trip.

Friday morning, with Steve Roach tickets in hand, bag packed and waiting for my friend (Ken) since high school (75-78) to arrive so that we can start on the long deep road to Tucson, AZ. We left the city of Huntington Beach, CA at 930am (half hour behind schedule). Made an hour stop at Alpine Beer Company to "stock up" for the weekend. Back on Hwy 8 east for Tucson. Almost 6 hours later we stopped in at Dragoon Brewery for a quick bite & beer. We arrive at Solar Culture in downtown Tucson with 5 minutes before Steve begins the immersion trip. A quick "hi" to Steve and we take to the floor and the trip begins! After 8 hours of driving through the beautiful southwestern desert, the 2 hours of deep medicine brought me back to life. Before I knew it the time was almost midnight and the sounds were still in the space. Quiet music was in the background while a few people remain inside. It was like a high trip into the stratosfear and then back down to quiet zone. The Solar Culture is the perfect venue to see Steve perform at his best. Inside were two meditation caves at both corners and crystal spheres throughout with art on the walls. This space was meant for Steve's music. It was time to check out of the zone and check into our motel.
Saturday wasn't much different. We headed back to the downtown area at 10am for a couple quick stops before our noon workshop with Steve. My first workshop. 4 hours of playing, meeting new people from other parts of this land and making music happen. Four hours of learning and understanding. Loved playing with the "tools" of medicine. Also learned a lot of new things about Steve and his music. A bite to eat and some beers to wash down it down and 4 hours later we are about to begin another journey at the Culture.
Saturday nights performance put me into an even deeper sleep during the 2+ hours of soundscapes. I remember at the end of my dream, I am hearing voices with a quiet sound in the background and that sound is getting louder as the voices start to dissapear. A different night, a different journey.
Sunday morning we pack up and head out of Tucson back to the war zone in SoCal. Eight hours later we are back to reality. But the 24 hours of meditation back at the Solar Culture has re-energize my body till the next road trip. Thank you Steve.

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