^ Cell - Live at Kumharas is very nice indeed.
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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. 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.
Skyrim is in a league of its own in terms of open-ended gameplay and sandbox world. I can't think of anything that comes close. Probably for the best. I don't have time for such extended adventures.
Right now, I'm playing Final Fantasy 14 (MMORPG) on PC
I did listen to "Spiral Meditations" today, what can I say, it sounded very mediocre to me...
The sound quality is not good, no depth, everything is just average, no magic...
I am still convinced it sounds good in steves studio, but it is to me clear he have made dramatic changes in is signal path...all sounds so much cheaper now a lot of the later releases...sad to hear...
Sorry, guys, but to me, works such as "Back To Life", "Tales From The Ultra Tribe", "Soul Tones" or "Future Flows" are no short of Steve's many milestones mentioned in above posts. Maybe these works are not that catchy at the "first listen", but to me, each new deep listening session provides a truly immersing and rewarding listening experience. "Back To Life" is definitely an ultimate milestone, on "Tales From The Ultra Tribe" Steve & Byron have pushed the limits again, "Future Flows", "Nightbloom", "The Road Eternal" or "Sigh Of Ages" are all masterpieces. Haven't received "Spiral Meditations" CD yet, but I simply can't imagine no magic, no depth on it... I have read several reviews during the last few years sending Steve out of the desert to other parts of North America, to the Middle East and so on to search for new inspiration, but I will never agree with all these words. I still see Steve at the top of his creative craft always exploring new grounds, he was born to do this and he does it constantly!!!