Streams and Currents
got traded in...I had always wanted to use it as a sleep cd but the out-of-place blast of drumming in the middle of the album made it unusable for that. Not sure why I never got into it, did keep it for a while though before trading.
Listened to the second disc of World's Edge last night...a great piece that one. Going to give Magnificent Void
a solid listen today; had it for years and have never quite given it its due. As for Spirit Dome
, I consider it part of the canon - all the Vidna collaborations are gold in my book. I had to go and count up my Roach collection and find that I have 30, 16 of which are collaborations. All of these are albums I am deep into, or know I want to get deeper into in future. I'm big into the recent solo stuff like the Immersions and Fever Dreams (noticing some Roach fans differ on this), but would welcome more collaborations. Terraform
, being the most recent example, is a great example of how Roach's sound evolves and becomes enhanced and enlivened in contact with an outside force. Rapoon, who has a more murky, industrial/experimental edge, who makes some very interesting moves, but doesn't seem to sustain interest over an entire album or long track, would be a great artist to set loose in the fields of Roach's soundworld.
On the subject of Wives Who Hate Ambient: one night, as I was deep in the zone being blown away by the weirdness of Possible Planet
, the wife comes in unceremoniously to burst the bubble by saying 'it sounds like a frog'...some people (don't get pissed Bill!) truly don't 'get it'...or maybe (the horrible possiblity) she gets it way too much, and can see through this strange world, cut through it like a knife. I spend hours in my work room listening to froggy noises (actually, come to think of it, that would be damn cool...see what this music does to people?!)
As far as Mantram
and Trance Spirits
: Mantram just seemed like a good chillout album, but with Roach, I like his deeper stuff - for sublime chill Alio Die is the man. Trance Spirits seemed wrong to me; the drums were too pronounced to mesh with the ambient mix, but the drumming itself was not powerful or interesting or furious enough to really stand up as fully intense tribal drumming. So it was kind of in malaise ground for me...
And some more good news (or fodder for the haters), an announcement of some new works:http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2008/01/14/steve-roach-2/