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Well, there's something for everyone. I prefer his later tribal albums. Great sound, deep trances and grooves. Fever Dreams 2, The Serpent's Lair and Dream Tracker are right up there among my favorites. Even more recent, Monuments of Ecstasy is very nice. I think he is still going strong in most if his styles.

I'm not excluding the possibility that there's something under the surface of these pieces, something I'm not hearing yet. Some of his music takes time to get attuned to. But for now, I prefer any other sequencer piece I've heard from him. Favorites include: Harmonia Mundi (Empetus), Living the Dream (Life Sequence), Lifeforming (Kairos), Hyperportal (Core), Arc of Passion (Arc of Passion) and more.

I've listened to the samples and I'm not quite taken with it. There's something basic and samey about its sound. Almost minimalistic. Most pieces are rather laidback. I prefer his more energetic, futuristic sound. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely adore some of his sequencer pieces, but these aren't really my style.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 29, 2015, 02:54:39 PM »
Enjoying baroque music at the moment. Can you Handel it?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 25, 2015, 04:33:43 AM »
Steve Roach - The Magnificent Void
This album was a life-changing purchase for me in the 90s and I often return to it for inspiration (Infinite Shore and Altus are some of my favorite tracks in the genre). But I rarely find the time to listen to it from start to finish, in one listening. I did so this past weekend and it was a religious experience. I know some people consider this album to be over-hyped; I'm not one of those people.

Ha! Pop music is overhyped.
TMV is a piece of art music that deverves all the recognition it gets, and more. I think in fact many "modern classical composers" would be in awe once they heard what Steve Roach has achieved on this album and some of his other masterpieces.

Now Playing / Re: the ultimate 'ambient'?
« on: January 03, 2015, 05:55:06 AM »
Thought I'd restore the video of the original post. I also added a second piece by Chesnokov, listen to the deep bass in that one!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 02, 2015, 05:05:36 PM »
Steve Roach - The Delicate Forever

The Well Spring, marvelous piece.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 24, 2014, 04:35:31 AM »
Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 8
I've been pretty much obsessed with this symphony in the last months. The more I listen, the better it gets.
Here's a fantastic performance of the finale:

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 21, 2014, 07:08:41 PM »
Steve Roach & friends - The Ambient Expanse

Is it just me or is The Eternal Expanse one of Roach' very finest pieces? It's sublime. I've been listening to it all day.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 15, 2014, 02:21:50 PM »
Steve Roach & friends - The Ambient Expanse
Steve Roach & Vir Unis - Blood Machine

Gotta love these... Does anyone know whatever happened to the Blood Machine re-release that was supposed to come out on Atmoworks??

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 31, 2014, 04:25:09 AM »
Steve Roach - Mystic Chords and Sacred Spaces 2 ie parts 3 and 4.

Listening to the free download whilst amazon deliver the CD. It is wonderful.

It sure is. The final three tracks of part 3 are transcendent.

I'm anticipating this game very much. It looks very promising and beautiful.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 27, 2014, 01:01:42 PM »
Still a couple of recent things to check from this thread, however;

Ralph Vaughan Williams - Tallis Fantasia was aware of this composer but not sure if I had heard any music. Utterly gorgeous, just my kind of Classical and will research further.

Cheers to all who posted the music  :)

You're welcome. If you like that piece you could also check out another popular piece of his, "The Lark Ascending".
I'm not listening to a lot of ambient these days, but more to classical. Sometimes I come across something that ambient lovers might appreciate and I'll share it here.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 18, 2014, 12:31:29 PM »
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Tallis Fantasia (1910)

Absolutely marvelous piece of music for string orchestra.
Recorded in Gloucester Cathedral, gives it a nice atmospheric touch.
If you don't know it then now is the time to listen.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 20, 2014, 10:25:01 AM »
Raison d'Etre - Myse en Abyme

Nothing new but of high quality. He is perfecting his style on this one. Recommended.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 05, 2014, 04:36:51 PM »
Valentyn Silvestrov - Symphony Nr. 5, here's a part of it I'd recommend:

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 05, 2014, 04:19:58 PM »
Rachmaninoff - The Isle of the Dead, such a great piece.

And the correct painting to go along with it is of course:

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 05, 2014, 04:04:02 PM »
^ Cell - Live at Kumharas is very nice indeed.

As much as one part of me enjoys the minimalism and focus of these pieces and other newer Steve Roach releases (like 'Spiral Meditations'), I do miss the days where individual tracks would have more distinct developments and contrasting sections within them. I remember often loving the majestic gear shifts throughout some tracks on The Magnificent Void, Mystic Chords and Sacred Spaces, that album The Dream Circle, the Vir Unis and Vidna Obmana collaborations, and many others. But this isn't specific to Steve's output; I've noticed that a number of ambient artists I like tend to focus on one main 'idea' per track these days, whereas their past works often had more surprises and definite shifts within individual tracks.   

I agree, well put. And it's not just about what happens in individual tracks. I also think there used to be more coherence between different tracks. The tracks on Magnificent Void and MC&SS give a bit of a sense of different movements, contrasting yet connected to each other. Certain tracks may feel like a brief interlude between two bigger ones, another track feels like a prelude to the next one etc. A good example would be the last three tracks on MC&SS disc 3. I feel a strong sense of direction there. That must be among his very finest moments, btw.
This connection between tracks is what I also miss in more recent releases.

I agree.  Steve's music has gotten more abstract, formless over the years.  I'm sure it's intentional, as he seems to be about impressionism and sound painting than structured melodic pieces like his older work.

I dunno... I would still like to hear more in the vein of MC&SS to be honest. It had the perfect blend somehow, fantastic soundworlds with just the right amount of musical touches underneath... it still has a sense of direction, structure, with interesting tonal qualities/chords, not too much, not too little... most (not all) of the later albums are far less interesting in those aspects.
Don't get me wrong, I like a lot of his later albums as well, however in my view MC&SS is still the one to beat. A once in a decade masterpiece.

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