Here are the details:
- Steve Roach — Live At SoundQuest — Coming May 2011 from Timeroom Editions. The pinnacle performance from 2010’s SoundQuest Fest was pristinely recorded. It will be released as a single CD presenting the first 74 minutes of Steve’s concert as it unfolded. Three distinct realms are seamlessly mapped out in this inspired set. The opening starts with a 25-minute piece of perpetual forward motion in the mode of Destination Beyond, created specially for the concert, carved from pure analog synths and sequencers. From here we experience an amazing interplay between didgeridoo player Dashmesh Khalsa, Brian Parnharn, percussionist Byron Metcalf and Steve performing real-time looping, processing and mixing along with soundworlds, ocarina and voice. This passage is an all-out expression of shamanic ecstasy that boils over into the engulfing tribal trance state of “Thunder Walk” from the recent release Dream Tracker. The last portion of the set settles into an ultra drifting electro-organic zone. This evocative space, whichpremiered at the Fest, would soon evolve into the opening to Circadian Rhythms.
- The Road Eternal — Steve Roach & Erik Wøllo — Projekt, May 2011. This is the sound of big skies, open roads and soaring imaginations, all pulling one towards the next destination with grace and beauty. The artists’ roles are clear on this one. With Steve on analog sequencing, electronic percussion and most of the zones and atmospheres, Erik focuses on his processed, textural, and melodic guitar and his Roland guitar synth. It strikes a perfect balance of the artists’ two distinct styles.
The project was started in early 2010, and shifted into laser focus when Erik came to Tucson for the SoundQuest Fest. After the concert, the two holed-up in The Timeroom for a few days and channeled the energy from the fest, working non-stop towards completion.
The sound is vibrant, full of shimmering light and saturated with optimism. With both artists each having devoted over 30 years to their art, this set of five pieces flows with the understanding and skill that comes from this experience, bringing their best to the table in the true spirit of collaboration.