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Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
« on: April 24, 2010, 08:54:30 PM »


Some more info about the Sigh Of Ages album.
Anyway, this album sounds especially interesting, from what I read it will most likely be one of my favorites album with Steve Roach.

Tracks:

Quelling Place
The View from Here
Sentient Breath
Morning of Ages
Return of the Majestic
Longing to Be...

"Emotions quietly stir and resonate in this deeply self-reflective album exploring the terrain between melodic electronic/ambient and modern minimalism. These six pieces utilize gentle melody, harmony and sonic tonality to poignantly reflect upon the passage of time, life lived, lives passed and a time of renewal: a sigh of the ages expressed in sound.
Sigh of Ages is the result of extended periods of solitude and personal reflection for acclaimed composer Roach. Resulting directly from dynamic personal and cultural events, these pieces developed over time and in the moment. After 10 months of early morning and late night sonic meditations, Roach collected these various pieces and found they portrayed a poetic theme of sonic interpretations from this experience. Sculpted and refined in the artist's deft hands, the source material of life itself took on a voice that spoke from a deep emotional well of subtle contemplation. A sacred realm of inner reflection.

"The title came to me as I was creating the pieces," Roach recalls. "Titles always seem to emerge through the hours of working on the music combined with the place the sound takes me. What emerged was the sense of what it feels like to release a big sigh after a challenging time or a long run in life. A poignant sense of nostalgia and longing, breathing a collective sigh of release which carries forth into psychological and spiritual space. That is where the music and eventually the title grew from."

Sigh of Ages taps into a lineage of signpost releases starting with the '80s melodic era of Structures from Silence and Quiet Music up through the textural tour de force of 2003's Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces and 2009's Dynamic Stillness. For this journey, Roach drew on his essential collection of beloved analog synthesizers including a classic 40-year-old Arp String Ensemble, a historic polyphonic synthesizer that breathes life into the track "Morning of Ages," swirling and rolling upon itself like the strong currents of a rushing mountain river. "The View from Here" unfolds in a stately motion on a majestic sequenced pulse with voluminous melodic synthesizer clouds unfolding along the horizon. This alchemy of sounds creates a deeply nuanced album filled with shadow and light, unique within the language of Roach's soundworlds.

While the passage of time and expansive breath is an ongoing theme for Roach, the reflections and perceptions expressed on Sigh of Ages delves into a contrasted intimate space only accessed in times of solitude. It is the deeply-layered, subtley-nuanced emotional language which is the ongoing, unseen undercurrent of our lives. "


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Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2010, 09:16:06 PM »
Oh God, another statue! (see other Roach thread)  Hope it's good...

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Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2010, 10:57:42 AM »
That's the quintessential Projekt album cover!

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Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2010, 10:01:08 AM »
I think Sam has about a million photos of statues and gargoyles and graveyards!~
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Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2010, 10:52:46 AM »
Man! Even for someone with a large Roach collection, that "Other Albums by This Artist" list is scary/shocking/amazing!

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Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2010, 02:28:14 PM »
Well, when I did first begin to listen to Steve Roach a about 5 years ago, I thought holy shit, he have released way too many albums.
But right now I can't really get enough of his albums. And each album I think have a limit in how many times it can be played...
So new albums are always of big interest.  This album I can imagine will be very different then his other albums.

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Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2010, 12:29:56 PM »
Wondering how I missed the announcement on this one!
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Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2010, 05:46:14 AM »
Why would this be "very different" than his other albums??? Unless he's doing ambient ukelele, I tend to doubt it. ;-)

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Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2010, 12:44:29 AM »
a short pre-glimpse..
http://www.amazon.com/Sigh-Ages-Dig-Steve-Roach/dp/B003NWS5MW/ref=sr_1_34?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1276155555&sr=1-34

sounds like a unique mix of elements 'within' his own familiar language as we do know.. though 30 sec. are too short to really judge this
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Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2010, 02:01:04 PM »
enough to make me interested, as usual :)


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Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2010, 11:29:56 PM »
Thanx for the link to sound samples.  No revelatory groundbreaking vibes do these samples impart to mine ears; however, I will definitely be ordering it!

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Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
« Reply #11 on: June 16, 2010, 01:50:13 PM »
samples on his site are up

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Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2010, 01:44:39 PM »
I must say I'm getting very interested.
I don't care if his sound doesn't change much. A good painter could make a 1000 beautiful paintings using the same type of colors. Besides his sound is still quite varied if you look at everything he's done.

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Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2010, 05:47:40 PM »



My first thought is: Joy Division re-issue of "Love Will Tear Us Apart"

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Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
« Reply #14 on: June 27, 2010, 07:59:41 PM »
Listening to the samples at Roach's online HQ.  Sounds interesting- more emotional, and slightly more dramatic for a Steve Roach album.  Reminds me of Jesse's work (Numina).

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Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
« Reply #15 on: July 10, 2010, 10:22:41 PM »
Although not due out until 7/13, my local store had a copy which of course I purchased!  Sounded real good on the drive home.  Track 4, "Morning of Ages" is a stunner, very inspired piece.  Lots of repeat listenings ahead this weekend.

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« Reply #16 on: July 11, 2010, 10:11:05 AM »
  I just got my promo copy yesterday (thanks, Sam). Though it's the Steve Roach sound I've come to know and love, he takes it in a different direction this time. More emotional, more elegaic. I like it a lot. I'll leave it to others with better command of the English language to wax poetic, but this is one of the better ones I've heard in a while.

  By the way, the photography isn't stock Sam Rosenthal clip art. The photography is by some guy named Chuck from Philadelphia, who is known for other things besides photography (musician, DJ, concert promoter, etc.). Maybe that's why he had an advance copy...

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Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
« Reply #17 on: July 15, 2010, 10:19:29 AM »
Been listening to this for a couple days.  It is in the same vein as some recent releases.  I am having a hard time placing exactly what it is after only a couple listens but there is a different feel to this one.  The sound is really appealing and I want to continue to play it.  Morning of Ages (track 4) and Longing To Be...(track 6) are real standouts for me.

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Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
« Reply #18 on: July 29, 2010, 10:15:55 AM »
I thought this was very good so far!

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Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
« Reply #19 on: July 29, 2010, 04:35:29 PM »
We have copies of this coming for the Hypnos store, btw.
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