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Artist Profiles Steve Roach

Steve Roach – Photo by Adam Fleishman


Composer, producer, synthesist and multi-instrumentalist, Steve Roach was born February 16, 1955 in La Mesa, near San Diego, in California. He is fascinated by the desert landscapes and wide open spaces in the Southwest of the United States, as well as the outback deserts of Australia. Steve’s style has evolved from purely electronic sounds to the combination of synthetic sounds with some of the most primitive musical instruments.

Steve bought his first synthesizer in 1978. Although his first influences were German electronic acts like Tangerine Dream, Can and Klaus Schulze, Steve soon went beyond and developed his own style.


Steve Roach in 1982 – Photo by Thomas Ronkin


Los Angeles’ hectic way of life led him to isolate himself in a musical sanctuary. Initially, Steve composed intense sequencer-based music. Later, he started to compose more tranquil and atmospheric music as a response to the rhythmic and sequenced world that characterized his earlier music.

After Empetus, Steve’s compositions mirrored his impressions of southwestern landscapes and world music. His trips to Australia had a profound effect on his music. The desert’s attraction led Steve to move to Tucson, Arizona in the southwestern United States.


Steve Roach – Photo credit by John Woolsey


I seek musical instruments that allow me to create sounds in an attractive and intuitive way. It’s something intriguing. That’s the difference between a keyboardist and a synthesis,” says Steve.

Steve Roach records and produces his music in his own studio called the Time Room. It’s a room full of marvelous electronic music devices that Roach uses to extract a multitude of spellbinding sounds.

Steve Roach 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 first tier of major progressive music artists over the last decades through his ceaseless productivity, constant innovation, open minded collaborations with numerous artists and the psychological depth of his music.

Recognized worldwide as one of the leading innovators of contemporary electronic music, he is a very prolific musicians, who has released dozens of albums since 1981, including the ground-breaking double CD Dreamtime Return; the critically acclaimed tribal-trance extravaganza Artifacts; the award winning Earth Island, the second collaboration with Mexican multi-instrumentalist Jorge Reyes and Spanish guitarist and producer Suso Sáiz; the independently produced The Dream Circle; his collaboration with Belgian musician Vidna Obmana, Well of Souls; and Kiva, a mind-bending masterpiece featuring hallucinogenic shamanic rites, synthesizer landscapes and primeval instruments, combining the talents of Roach, Michael Stearns and Ron Sunsinger.


Steve Roach – Dreamtime Return


At the melting point in the ocean of desert, this awesome expanse of a 180-degree horizon slowly works on the perception, revealing yet again the Other desert of inner regions that I crave to be in,” says Steve Roach.

Selected Discography:

Now (Fortuna 1982)
Traveler (Domino 1983, Fortuna 1987)
Structures from Silence (Fortuna 1984)
Quiet Music 1 (Fortuna 1986)
Quiet Music 2 (Fortuna 1986)
Quiet Music 3 (Fortuna 1986)
Empetus (Fortuna 1986)
Western Spaces (with Kevin Braheny,Thom Brennan; Fortuna 1990)
Quiet Music (Fortuna 1988)
The Leaving Time (with Michael Shrieve; Novus/RCA 1988)
Dreamtime Return (Fortuna 1988)
Stormwarning: Live in Concert (Soundquest 1989, Lektronic Soundscapes 1992)
Desert Solitaire (with Kevin Braheny, Michael Stearns; Fortuna 1989)
Australia: Sound of the Earth, with David Hudson, Sarah Hopkins (Fortuna 1990)
Strata, with Robert Rich (Hearts of Space 1990)
Now / Traveller (Fortuna 1992)
World’s Edge (Fortuna 1992)
Soma, with Robert Rich (Hearts of Space 1992)
Suspended Memories: Forgotten Gods, with Jorge Reyes, Suso Sáiz (Hearts of Space 1993)
The Lost Pieces (Rubicon 1993, Relic/Projekt 1995)
Origins (Fortuna 1993)
Solitaire: Ritual Ground, with Elmar Shulte (Silent 1993)
Suspended Memories: Earth Island, with Jorge Reyes, Suso Sáiz (Fathom 1994)
Artifacts (Fortuna 1994)
The Dream Circle (Soundquest 1994)
Well of Souls, with Vidna Obmana (Projekt 1995)
Kiva, with Michael Stearns, Ron Sunsinger (Fathom 1995)
The Dreamer Descends (Amplexus 1995)
The Magnificent Void (Fathom 1996)
On This Planet (Hearts of Space, 1997)
Slow Heat (Timeroom Editions, 1998)
Light Fantastic (Hearts of Space, 1999)
Atmospheric Conditions (Timeroom Editions, 1999)
The Dream Circle (Timeroom Editions, 1999)
Truth & Beauty: The Lost Pieces 2 (Timeroom Editions, 1999)
Midnight Moon (Projekt, 2000)
Early Man (Projekt, 2001)
Time of the Earth (2001)
Core (Timeroom Editions, 2001)
Streams & Currents (2001)
Darkest Before Dawn (2002)
Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces (Projekt, 2003)
Texture Maps: The Lost Pieces 3 (Timeroom Editions, 2003)
Life Sequence (2003)
Fever Dreams (2004)
Holding the Space: Fever Dreams II (Timeroom Editions, 2004)
Places Beyond: The Lost Pieces 4 (Timeroom Editions, 2004)
Possible Planet (2005)
New Life Dreaming (2005)
Immersion: One (Projekt, 2006)
Proof Positive (2006)
Kairos: The Meeting of Time and Destiny (2006)
Immersion: Two (Projekt, 2006)
Fever Dreams III (2007)
Immersion : Three (2007)
A Deeper Silence (2008)
Landmass (Timeroom Editions, 2008)
Dynamic Stillness (2009)
Destination Beyond (2009)
Afterlight (2009)
Immersion: Four (Timeroom Editions, 2009)
Sigh of Ages (2010)
Immersion Five – Circadian Rhythms (2011)
Groove Immersion (2012)
Back to Life (2012)
Soul Tones (2012)
Future Flows (2013)[8]
Spiral Meditations (2013)
Bloodmoon Rising (2014)
The Delicate Beyond (2014)
The Delicate Forever (2014)
The Desert Collection – Volume 1 (2014)
Invisible (2015)
Skeleton Keys (Projekt, 2015)
The Skeleton Collection 2005 – 2015 (Timeroom Editions, 2015)
Etheric Imprints (Projekt, 2015)
Bloodmoon Rising – The Complete 5 hour collection (Timeroom Editions, 2015)
Vortex Immersion Zone (Timeroom Editions, 2015)
This Place to Be (2016)
Shadow of Time (Projekt Records, 2016)
Spiral Revelation (Projekt Records, 2016)
Fade to Gray (2016)
Painting in the Dark (2016)
The Passing (Timeroom Editions, 2017)
Nostalgia for the Future (Timeroom Editions, 2017)
Long Thoughts (Projekt Records, 2017)

Prospect of the Deep Volume

Azonic – Prospect of the Deep Volume One

Azonic – Prospect of the Deep Volume One (Indivisible Records, 2017)

Prospect of the Deep Volume is the new album by experimental guitarist Andy Hawkins. The album features a wall of distorted guitar sound over which Hawkins develops long tone guitar improvisations. On this new Azonic project he’s joined by percussionist Tim Wyskida on timpani, concert bass drum, and gong who contributes mesmerizing beats.

The vinyl version of the album includes two pieces: “Oblivion of the Deep” and “The Argonaut’s Reckoning.” The CD edition contains a bonus track, “Voices of the Drowned.”

Prospect of the Deep Volume One opens new gates into the sound of the electric guitar.



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The Fantastic Keyboard World of Daniel Biro

Daniel Biro – 120 Onetwenty


Daniel Biro – 120 Onetwenty (Sargasso, 2018)

London-based composer and keyboardist Daniel Biro has a superb new album titled 120 Onetwenty, scheduled for release in early 2018.

Daniel Biro brings together three of the greatest progressive music traditions: Berlin-style electronics, prog rock synths and jazz fusion keyboards.

Throughout 120 Onetwenty, Biro develops transfixing electronic sequences inspired by early Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze and other iconic German artists. Additionally, Biro creates awe-inspiring atmospheres and tops it off with memorable synth solos and his signature Rhodes electric piano jazz-rock work.

120 Onetwenty is a remarkable instrumental album that strolls with ease and charm between electronica and progressive fusion.

Steve Roach Receives Grammy nomination

Steve Roach – Spiral Revelation

Acclaimed electronic music trailblazer Steve Roach has received a Grammy nomination in the Best New Age Album category for his Spiral Revelation (Projekt Records) album.


Steve Roach


Steve Roach is a pioneer in the development of ambient and tribal electronic music. He is exceptionally prolific, with a discography of over 125 albums. Iconic recordings include Structures from Silence and Dreamtime Return.

Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock Dies at 66

Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock


German progressive rock and electronic music guitarist, keyboardist and composer Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock died October 14th, 2017 of kidney failure.

Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock was born January 30, 1951 in Duisburg, Germany. In 1971 he formed a psychedelic rock band called Impuls. During the 1970s, Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock experimented with electronic keyboards and built his own studio.

In the early 1980s, Hoffmann-Hoock co-founded the band Cosmic Hoffmann. In 1982, Hoffmann-Hoock traveled to India. His music started to incorporate Asian influences from India and Bali.



In 1986, Hoffmann-Hoock founded Mind Over Matter, an iconic band that mixed electronica with music of the Far East. Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock played electric guitar and keyboards, as well Indian sitar.

Mind Over Matter released 12 recordings with various lineups.


Absorbing Psychedelic Shapes

Quantum Fantay – Tessellation of Euclidean Space (Progressive Promotion Records PPRCD 051, 2017)

Belgian band Quantum Fantay continues to charm with its captivating mix of progressive rock, psychedelic music, electronica and reggae beats. Influences range from Ozric Tentacles to Pink Floyd.

The lineup includes Pete Mush on synthesizers and bubbles (effects); Jaro on bass; Gino Bartonili on drums; Jorinde on flute; Tom Tee on guitars; and Nette Willox on saxophone.

Tessellation of Euclidean Space is masterfully-crafted album by one of the leading progressive psychedelic rock bands of our time.

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Falling for Ascension Modules

Markus Reuter featuring Sonar and Tobias Reber – Falling for Ascension (Ronin Rhythm Records, 2017)

Prolific music explorer Markus Reuter continues to daze with his musical projects. On Falling for Ascension Reuter brings together several progressive music traditions: featuring Fripp-inspired improvised guitar techniques, hypnotic ambient sounds, minimalism and creative prog-rock drumming.

The lineup includes Stephan Thelen on guitar; Bernhard Wagner on guitar; Christian Kuntner on bass; Manuel Pasquinelli on drums; Tobias Reber on live electronics; and Markus Reuter on touch guitars U8, soundscapes.

Falling for Ascension presents a remarkable mix of exciting grooves, evolving guitar patterns and mesmeric atmospheres.

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Experiments of the Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere

Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere – Theta Three

Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere – Theta Three (Discus Music, 2017)

Theta Three is the third album by the Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere. It’s a captivating group of musicians that combine trance-like electronic music, progressive rock, jazz-rock fusion and avant-garde classical music through improvisation.

The new album is a two-disc set, Alpha (α) and Omega (Ω). The pieces flow seamlessly, crossing progressive music boundaries with total ease.

The lineup on Theta Three includes Martin Archer on keyboards, electronics, saxophones, clarinets, flute, bass recorder, and bass harmonica; Chris Bywater on keyboards, electronics, laptop, percussion, voice, and random processed electric violin; Steve Dinsdale on electronic drum kit, floor percussion, and keyboards; frostlake on voice, electronics, and viola; Yvonna Magda on violin and electronics; Walt Shaw on percussion, electronics and voice; and Terry Todd on bass.

Guests: George Murray on trombone; Paul Schatzberger on violin; Aby Vulliamy on viola; and Angela Rosenfeld on cello.

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