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Re: Steve Roach "Spiral Meditations" and "At The Edge Of Everything" - 2013
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2013, 08:05:54 PM »
Thanks for the head's up.

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Re: Steve Roach "Spiral Meditations" and "At The Edge Of Everything" - 2013
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2013, 10:47:12 AM »
 8)  right on. . . .  :)

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Re: Steve Roach "Spiral Meditations" and "At The Edge Of Everything" - 2013
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2013, 11:09:18 AM »
I dunno, seems a bit lazy to keep releasing live albums from over 10 years ago.   I'd rather hear something fresh and new.  The other new disc sounds okay, but not inspiring enough to invest in.  I used to buy new SR albums immediately without question.  These days I find I'm placing my orders months later or even not at all.  Maybe I'm getting more picky as I get older...

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Re: Steve Roach "Spiral Meditations" and "At The Edge Of Everything" - 2013
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2013, 04:19:00 PM »
Agreed.  But I think his music sounded best between '88 and '96, especially origins and artifacts are two masterpieces.  BTW, I never even bought Groove Immersion...

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Re: Steve Roach "Spiral Meditations" and "At The Edge Of Everything" - 2013
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2013, 02:43:33 PM »
Roach's newer stuff seems to be "low level listening" music, more for background than deep focus.  It has a place, IMO, but it's not why I like Roach.

The more active 'tribal' stuff from 10-15 years ago is more engaging to my ears.

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Re: Steve Roach "Spiral Meditations" and "At The Edge Of Everything" - 2013
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2013, 09:27:56 AM »
I have every SR album plus a few extras. I guess you could call me a Roach fan. Most I can sit back with a beer or two and enjoy no matter which album I play. I especially love to head out to the Mojave desert for the night and have a campfire with some atmospheric/drone sounds. I also have every album/cd from Tangerine Dream. But I still like the Dream from the 70's to mid 80's the best. For Steve roach I prefer his earlier sounds but I still dig his newer style. All depends on the mood and beer I'm drinking.

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Re: Steve Roach "Spiral Meditations" and "At The Edge Of Everything" - 2013
« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2013, 03:26:38 PM »
If you ask me nothing of recent years comes even close to Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces. That's the standard he has to beat. If he can top that, it would raise the bar for the entire ambient genre. The real masterpieces come maybe once a decade. But there's still plenty of good stuff from 2003-2013. I absolutely love Dream Tracker for example, or Road Eternal. And Journey of One (yes from an older concert, but still...amazing). Arc of Passion, Soul Tones.
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Re: Steve Roach "Spiral Meditations" and "At The Edge Of Everything" - 2013
« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2013, 05:24:23 PM »
What is this: "the universal consciousness" ??
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Re: Steve Roach "Spiral Meditations" and "At The Edge Of Everything" - 2013
« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2013, 05:46:09 PM »
"your consciousness comes one with the cosmic consciousness" ???
"you float through waters and the void and beyond into a vortex" ??
"a black hole into the paradise new beautiful world" ??

What !!! 
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Re: Steve Roach "Spiral Meditations" and "At The Edge Of Everything" - 2013
« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2013, 06:25:47 PM »
"Metaphysical experiences!"

Much better.
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Re: Steve Roach "Spiral Meditations" and "At The Edge Of Everything" - 2013
« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2013, 01:30:41 AM »
I find 'The Magnificent Void' is my choice of Steve's releases for these sort of experiences

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Re: Steve Roach "Spiral Meditations" and "At The Edge Of Everything" - 2013
« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2013, 05:46:03 AM »
I can understand where people are coming from on the newer Steve Roach releases, but 'Spiral Meditations' actually sounds pretty vibrant and fresh to my ears (from the samples at least.) I'm purchasing it.

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Re: Steve Roach "Spiral Meditations" and "At The Edge Of Everything" - 2013
« Reply #13 on: December 12, 2013, 06:20:41 AM »
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Here we have top-quality Berlin-school electronics composed in unique Roach-style. Spacey and airy sound, perfect selection of hypnotic sequences and harmonic ambient accompaniment, and not a trace of trite parts… Being not that sharp and edgey but still dynamic, music-wise «Spiral Meditations» correspond their title really well. Awesome release!

P.S. And what a boundless beauty and warm cosy atmosphere opens to the listener with the first track «Consumed By Sunlight».. Such a wonderful miracle! - 121
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Re: Steve Roach "Spiral Meditations" and "At The Edge Of Everything" - 2013
« Reply #14 on: December 12, 2013, 09:34:09 AM »
To me the cosmic consciousness means one is aware of the eternal past and infinite future simultaneously.   Galaxies, planets, our bodies, cells--all part of one big interconnected universe. 

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Re: Steve Roach "Spiral Meditations" and "At The Edge Of Everything" - 2013
« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2013, 10:48:11 AM »
Just downloaded and had a quick listen to 'At The Edge Of Everything'. It's actually fantastic. I am glad to hear more of this fierce 'darkness' or 'otherness' in a new release of his (well...it is a concert from many years ago. But perhaps that kind of weird energy will show up again in a new release!) 

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Re: Steve Roach "Spiral Meditations" and "At The Edge Of Everything" - 2013
« Reply #16 on: December 14, 2013, 01:21:27 PM »
To me the cosmic consciousness means one is aware of the eternal past and infinite future simultaneously.   Galaxies, planets, our bodies, cells--all part of one big interconnected universe.

I took a very deep breath when I read this....pranayama, the universal breath.  Beautifully put drone on. 
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Re: Steve Roach "Spiral Meditations" and "At The Edge Of Everything" - 2013
« Reply #17 on: December 19, 2013, 12:25:07 PM »
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!!!

Richard  ;)

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Re: Steve Roach "Spiral Meditations" and "At The Edge Of Everything" - 2013
« Reply #18 on: December 21, 2013, 02:59:04 AM »
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!!!

Richard  ;)

I agree, there's still a good overall quality in his output, not everyone will like everything, but I find at least two Steve Roach releases for each of the last years are very much worth it.

2013: Spiral Meditations (judging by the samples I'll probably love it), Live Transmission, (Live at Vortex Dome Immersion!)
2012: Soul Tones, Back to Life
2011: (Journey of One), The Road Eternal, The Desert Inbetween
2010: Sigh of Ages, Dream Tracker
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