|Profile: Steve Roach|
|A pioneer in contemporary electronic music, Steve Roach is a leading innovator in the atmospheric/tribal/ambient music world. Over the past 20 years, Roach has been a rare constant as live performer on the international electronic music scene. With over 50 albums to his credit he continues to set the standards by which this evolving genre is measured.|
Drawing on the beauty and power of the earth's landscapes, Roach creates lush, meditative soundscapes. According to Roach, "With each project, a sense of adventure is felt along with an excitement of the unknown that pulls me in time after time. It's a process that is constantly renewing itself, and throughout this renewal, I feel more inspiration over time. Hopefully as an artist matures throughout life, his/her work reflects this. It's like breathing, all you can do is go with it."|
|Steve Roach creates music that exists outside conventional boundaries. The composer / producer / synthesist / multi-instrumentalist is restless in his search for new sounds that connect with an ancient source of truth in this ever changing world. Roach has earned his position in the international pantheon of major new music artists over the last two decades through his ceaseless productivity, constant innovation, and psychological depth of his music.|
Roach, the avid collaborator, has been involved with some of spacemusic's most well known and beloved talents: Robert Rich, Vidna Obmana, Vir Unis, Michael Stearns, Roger King, Jorge Reyes, Michael Shrieve, Kevin Braheny, Richard Burmer, Stephen Kent and Kenneth Newby to name a few; and has produced projects by Thom Brennan, Biff Johnson, Patrick O'Hearn, Kevin Braheny and David Hudson.
Roach's solo work has made a huge impact on the electronic music community. With the early ground breaking titles Structures From Silence and Dreamtime Return at the foundation of his work, he continues to deliver quality music. Ranging from the dark atmospheres of The Magnificient Void to the live feel of On This Planet and the deep tones of Slow Heat and The Dream Circle, Roach's compositions are as varied as his musical machinery.
Steve Roach has performed in Philadelphia previously in May of 1986 at Transonic as well as in 2006, 1999, 1997, 1996 at The Gatherings. On 26 May 2002, Steve Roach performed in Philadelphia as part of the 3-Day ProjektFest and saw Roach collaborate live at two sets with long-time friend Vidna Obmana.
For photos and reviews of Philadelphia performances by both Steve Roach and Vidna Obmana, access: http://www.thegatherings.org
STAR'S END has been host to three live in-studio concerts by Steve Roach as well as several on-air interviews. An excerpt from his 11.07.97 on-air performance appears on the STAR'S END 30th Anniversary Anthology CD.
STAR'S END 30th Anniversary Anthology CD
To mark 30 years of continuous broadcast of STAR'S END, WXPN is releasing the STAR'S END 30th Anniversary Anthology CD. This double CD contains over 120 minutes of live music from 12 renowned artists. The unique performances were culled from on-air in-studio radio concerts by some of our community's greatest talents. Included on the disc are previously unreleased live selections donated by: The Ministry of Inside Things, Orbital Decay, Ian Boddy, AirSculpture, Radio Massacre International, Robert Rich, Rudy Adrian, Jonn Serrie, Jeff Pearce, Saul Stokes and Steve Roach.
Steve Roach Live on STAR'S END 05.20.07
On-Air Concert Photos by Jeff Towne