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ROACH: Now / Traveler

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Growth Sequence
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Cloud Motion
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The Ritual Continues
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Comeback
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Inquest
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Worlds
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Mysteries Continue
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Light Sound
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Snow Canon
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Traveler
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T.B.C.
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Canyon Sound
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Time for Time
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Reflector
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 74:39

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MARKUS

Steve Roach in his beginnings dealed with analog complicated machines, wires and simple step sequencers, ARP 2600, EMS and Moog synths like Oberheims as some could notice on some early pictures of his studio. So he made in the way of some of the best Berlin School electronica approaches even so far from his source. A main debut album for raw and teutonic progressiv electronic music following Klaus Schulze or Tangerine Dream but still different and inventiv. Reminds me some debuts of the England Artist Ian boddy who began in the same way experimenting also in the beginning of the eigthies with rich hopes for future artistic improvements as they have both finally realized. A must for truly electronica collectors.

They Say All Music Guide

Now/Traveler is a collection of pieces that find their origins in Steve Roach’s earliest recorded works. Tracks One through Five on Now/Traveler are taken from Now — originally released in 1982 — and Tracks Six through 14 were released a year later, under the title of Traveler. This Fortuna release finds these two excellent recordings together on one disc. The work on Now/Traveler is pre-MIDI, but you can almost never tell. Steve Roach’s crafty studio techniques make this recording sound like a rhythmically sequenced gala sound excursion. This is a very upbeat recording, and not unlike the works of Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream of the same period. This recording is not as glossy as Steve Roach’s later work, but for fans this is a great look into the vintage, pre-digital side of Steve Roach’s massive body of work. You really hear Steve Roach working with very little technology, compared to his later works, and crafting quite a fascinating recording that was years ahead of it’s time; as Now and Traveler were Steve Roach’s first recordings, this collection foreshadows the near-infinite creative energy that Steve Roach would use to his benefit in later years. – Matt Borghi

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