Steve Roach: World’s Edge


World’s Edge
Steve Roach
1992 Fortuna 18057 (CD)
Reviewed by Hannah M.G. Shapero, Eclectic Earwig Reviews, Margen Magazine, Muze, Synth Music Direct

The double-CD WORLD’S EDGE was Steve’s first solo project created after his move to Tucson in 1990. At last the inspirations that fueled his music for years were right outside the studio, helping to feed an especially intense creative period. It is one that Steve looks back on as an important period of transition and discovery within the onion-skin-like evolution of his work. The roots of ORIGINS, ARTIFACTS, THE MAGNIFICENT VOID, and ON THIS PLANET are clearly present here, as well as the transition from the benchmark DREAMTIME RETURN.

Disc two contains an often-overlooked hour-long piece, “To the Threshold Of Silence.” This composition shows significant influences from Tibetan ceremonial music, with a fusion of deep space music, melding perfectly into Steve’s landscapes of time-stretching textures. Added to this foundation is harmonic singing, processed gongs, Tibetan bells, and deep Earth pulses, all combined to created a kind of ancient-modern sacred space. This groundbreaking long-form piece foreshadowed THE DREAM CIRCLE, SLOW HEAT, ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS and PRAYERS TO THE PROTECTOR. This rediscovery will delight both old listeners and those newly-experiencing Steve’s vast musical journey.

Disc 1
1.  World’s Edge MP3 9:44  
2.  The Call   3:29  
3.  Steel and Bone MP3, RealAudio 2:38  
4.  Undershadow MP3 8:26  
5.  When Souls Roam MP3 6:51  
6.  Beat of Desire   7:34  
7.  Glimpse   3:05  
8.  Thunderground   10:25  
9.  Falling, Flying, Dreaming   6:13  
10.  Drift MP3 7:43  
Disc 2
1.  To the Threshold of Silence MP3 60:00  

Steve’s first solo release after he moved to Tuscon. Disc 2 is also one of his first (if not his first) continuous-playback disc!

I need this one in my SR collection!

Posted via web from Keith’s posterous

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