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David Sylvian and Holger Czukay: Plight & Premonition / Flux & Mutability

Read "Plight & Premonition / Flux & Mutability" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Names like Brian Eno or Steve Roach may most readily come to mind where classic ambient recordings are concerned, but there has never been a shortage of similarly fascinating material floating around under the radar, quietly and unobtrusively waiting to reach the right ears. The pair of late-80s LPs by David Sylvian and Holger Czukay make ...

Steve Roach from California State University in Sacramento

Read "Steve Roach from California State University in Sacramento" reviewed by Debbie Burke

For the first installment of Jazz Goes to College, program director and trumpet player Dr. Steve Roach talks about the program at CSUS.

Steve is the co-founder of the Sacramento Jazz Orchestra, performs in university musicals, reproduced the Beatles' White Album as a fundraiser, and is an active member of the 4 Thought Trio. ...

Tim Motzer: Wandering the Depths of Space

Read "Tim Motzer: Wandering the Depths of Space" reviewed by Geno Thackara

There are guitarists, and then there are sound sculptors who use the guitar as one tool among many (and of course there's no small overlap between the two). Tim Motzer happily resides in both camps but tends to lean toward the latter description most--when running a single axe through a continually changing array of jerry-rigged technology, ...

Hu Vibrational: The Epic Botanical Beat Suite

Read "The Epic Botanical Beat Suite" reviewed by John Ephland

Uniquely atmospheric, this music evokes both the mysterious jungle as well as what it might be like to listen in space, outer space. Hu Vibrational Presents The Epic Botanical Beat Suite points to both the inner as well as outer journey. All of it exquisitely tethered by the Beat, or beats, beats that float in and ...

David Torn: Only Sky

Read "Only Sky" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Nonostante gli oltre trent'anni di carriera -l'esordio discografico risale al 1982 con la pubblicazione di Everyman Band, primo di due album per ECM del gruppo omonimo -il chitarrista David Torn rimane un personaggio difficile da inquadrare. Un po' per il suo continuo e incessante girovagare tra label discografiche e progetti musicali, (compreso anche il dedicarsi a ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Steve Roach: Early Man/Early Man, Decomposed

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Last fall Steve Roach released the first edition of Early Man as a collectors' item, a single CD encased in two slabs of slate rock. There were only 1000 copies made of this, and since there was demand for a more accessible format for this music, Roach arranged to re-release the album in a conventional CD ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Steve Roach: Early Man

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This Steve Roach release has the most unusual packaging I've ever seen on a CD. Instead of the usual brittle plastic box, the CD is sandwiched in between two quarter-inch-thick slabs of real slate rock. The plastic holder, with a printed paper insert, is stuck to the slate, and the two six-inch-square slabs are held together ...

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Steve Roach: Core

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Steve Roach's music, composed over the more than twenty years of his career, draws you into his own personal journey as a fellow-traveler. From his German-influenced electronic sequencer pieces of the late 70s through mid-80s, to the emergence of his much-imitated “desert" style of floating chords and aboriginal- inspired rhythms, into his percussion-heavy “shamanic" style of ...

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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 ...

Steve Roach and Vir Unis: Blood Machine

Read "Blood Machine" reviewed by AAJ Staff

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 ...