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Light Fantastic [Steve Roach]

  • 1. Trip the Light
    2. Breathing the Pulse
    3. Reflecting Chamber, The
    4. Touch the Pearl
    5. Realm of Refraction
    6. Luminous Return, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 411094

  • Credits
    ProducerSteve Roach

    Personnel: Steve Roach (percussion, programming, samples, sound effects); Stefin Gordon (tambora); Vidna Obmana, Vir Unis (samples).
    Recorded at The Timeroom, Tucson, Arizona.
    Personnel: Steve Roach (percussion, sound effects); Stefin Gordon (tamboura, tambourine); Vir Unis (sound effects).
    Recording information: Timeroo, Tucson, AZ.
    Arranger: Steve Roach.
    Assimilating the myriad courses that electronic music has taken throughout its existence, and bridging it together with the sensibilities of fellow alchemists Vidna Obmana and Vir Unis, Steve Roach continues to assault the sonic palette with an absolutely splendid album of mandala-esque rhythms and great currents of sound that simply churn and burn. On this assertive and bright collection, Roach leaves behind the techno-tribalisms of albums previous and discovered the white-hot light illuminating the universe's edge. During "The Reflecting Chamber" for example, soaring synthesizers mesh with elegant, curlicue drum patterns, the sounds of nebulae expanding their colorful tendrils across the cosmic spectrum. "The Luminous Return" finds Roach ringing out the celebration of light's triumph over darkness, amidst a thunderous rhythmic spectacle that helps to propel serpentine electronic waves out into the vastness. It's at once awe-inspiring and sobering to behold, easily among his best. Feel the power.

  • Critic Reviews
    Alternative Press (2/00, p.89) - 4 out of 5 - "...Each track dissolves imperceptibly into the next, shifting between periods of intensity and of his most conceptually and emotionally balanced releases to date."
    CMJ (11/1/99, p.27) - "...the veteran artist succeeds at cr4eating a chaotic, ethereal symphony by washing subtly hypnotic tribal drum rhythms in waves of cosmic noise."
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