An album I find to be almost great. Its stuffed with fascinating & contemporary sonic manipulations, and awash with grainy drawn-out beauty. The thick glitchy opening of 'Sentience' and the warm flow of 'Cold Heat' are worth the price of admission. But some tracks, I feel, become strained and wander a tad too aimlessly and industrially. Neat work though.
Quote: 1) He's a little like Sara Lee ("Nobody doesn't like Sara Lee") and I mean that sincerely. With his deep and broad discography, everyone seems to like at least one Steve Roach album, whether his Berlin school stuff, his fractal grooves, his ethno-tribal, his dark ambient, his desert spacemusic well, you get the idea. So, hardly anyone ever comes into a discussion and says "Who is this Steve Roach of whom you speak?"
Some DVD players can be 'flashed' to make them region free. Most can't. You'd have to check into it on the web.
I'd suggest buying the cheap DVD british versions, then copying them using a program that removes the region specific stuff. Easy to do and there is no reason the copy would not be the same quality as the original. Little program called AnyDVD is particularly good.
Jim is that Atlas Dei track the 2nd on the CD ... "Mythos" ? ... very nice piece. Reminds me of the excellent first track on Paul Ellis "Silent Conversations" album. If this is space music then, yep, its basically arp + pads. Goes back to the early Tangerine Dream style I'd assume.
I've never really been sure what space music is. Does it have an accepted definition or accepted characteristics that set it apart from other ambient styles ? What would be good examples ? Be interesting to hear from people on this.
I will certainly have a listen to Atlas Dei with the term in mind.
I think checking into reading lists for university contemporary literature courses could be fruitful and instructive.
I also believe that, like the music realm, there is a LOT of material being published and its difficult to separate the great from the merely ok. But there is probably just as much great as in the past.
Plus, when we reach a certain age what we look for in literature is close to what we already enjoy and respect. Our tastes are formed. You can't find a contemporary Dostoevsky to beat the old Dostoevsky. No point looking.