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Steve Roach and "Vir Unis": Blood Machine

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The long-awaited follow-up to Steve Roach and Vir Unis' explosive Body Electric is finally here. Blood Machine is inspired by the futuristic neurobiology and biotechnology which breaks into the news with almost daily reports of new discoveries. Here, two futuristic masters of electronica combine to bring us discoveries in sound and synapse, rhythm and bio-interface.

If you are expecting a slam-bang sequel to the noisy and boisterous Body Electric , you will be surprised, because though Blood Machine has plenty of driving rhythms, it has quite a different feel to it. This album is smoother, softer, and less obvious than ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Steve Roach and Vir Unis: Blood Machine

Read "Blood Machine"

The long-awaited follow-up to Steve Roach and Vir Unis' explosive Body Electric is finally here. Blood Machine is inspired by the futuristic neurobiology and biotechnology which breaks into the news with almost daily reports of new discoveries. Here, two futuristic masters of electronica combine to bring us discoveries in sound and synapse, rhythm and bio-interface.

If you are expecting a slam-bang sequel to the noisy and boisterous Body Electric , you will be surprised, because though Blood Machine has plenty of driving rhythms, it has quite a different feel to it. This album is smoother, softer, and less obvious than ...

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Steve Roach and "Vir Unis": Body Electric

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Roach fans, this is your wake-up call! After the calm ambient depths of SLOW HEAT and the Western driftwood of DUST TO DUST , BODY ELECTRIC bursts into the soundscape with a driving exultant rush. Not since 1997's ON THIS PLANET has Roach, along with his excellent collaborator “Vir Unis" and other fine sidemen, produced such compelling, percussion-driven work. This one's got it all: electronic growls, clangs, drums and rattles, industrial noise, mystical hoots, Robert Rich-like “glurp," sounding stones and grinding rocks. And all of it makes me want to get up out of my computer chair and free-dance to ...

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Vir Unis: The Drift Inside

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If you are not familiar with the aesthetics of ambient-space music, this album may seem incomprehensible to you - or put you to sleep. But if you are an ambient fan, as I am, it is a wonder. It is a luminous journey through musical inner space, led by one of the brightest stars in the Steve Roach galaxy, Peoria-Illinois-based “Vir Unis." His album Body Electric , done in collaboration with Roach, was a frenetic and wildly exciting experience full of noise and action. This solo effort is just the opposite.

The Drift Inside consists of 12 electronic pieces, which ...

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Vir Unis: Aeonian Glow

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In the ancient esoteric philosophy of Gnosticism, the “Aeons" were both measures of time and spiritual beings. They emanated from the transcendent divine world and made their way down to our own world, where they could be either terrifying lords of darkness and oppression, or redeeming beings of light. “Vir Unis," in a brilliant stroke of creativity, unites the Gnostic myths with the images and sound-impressions from quantum physics (as seen in his track titles) to give us AEONIAN GLOW , a masterful new ambient album.

Though “Vir Unis" has been working with Steve Roach, and Roach along with his ...



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