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SoMa [Robert Rich]

  • 1. Love Magick
    2. Nightshade
    3. Going Inland
    4. Silk Ridge
    5. Blood Music
    6. Soma
    7. Seduction of the Minotaur
    8. Touch
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 411033

  • Credits
    ProducerRobert Rich; Steve Roach
    EngineerRobert Rich; Steve Roach

    Composers: Robert Rich; Steve Roach.
    Personnel: Robert Rich (steel guitar, flute, keyboards, synthesizer, drums, clay drum, dumbek, kalimba, rainsticks, percussion, programming, drum programming, sampler, waterphone); Steve Roach (flute, ocarina, didjeridu, keyboards, synthesizer, rainsticks, percussion, programming, drum programming, sampler); Linda Kohanov (drums, percussion, scratches).
    Recording information: Soundscape Studio, Mountain View, CA; Timeroom, Tucson, AZ.
    Editor: Stephen Hill.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Robert Rich; Stephen Hill; Steve Roach.
    On this CD's insert, "soma" is defined as a drink that could help one achieve empathy with the gods. SOMA, the musical document, might be that missing link between earth and the heavens. While STRATA, the first collaboration between Steve Roach and Robert Rich, sought to peel away the substratum layers of the inner consciousness, SOMA attempts to reconcile those emotions with the outer world through a wondrous, gripping corpus of sound. Utilizing a great assortment of synths, samplers, didgeridus, clay pots, rainsticks, rocks, ceramics, talking drums, guitars, flutes, and programmed drums, Roach and Rich perform a stunning series of lively, aural mosaics that are like musical puzzle boxes with hundreds of oddly colored pieces. It is as if they tore up the veneer of the desert itself and constructed these sounds out of the earth's natural very fiber. "Nightshade" begins with some prehistoric-sounding synths, then gradually builds along a rhythmic foundation of rainsticks and sequencers. Like the best free jazz improvisers, Roach and Rich intuitively communicate their separate identities into one collective whole.

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (3/93, p.46) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "...Roach and Rich demonstrate some evocative possibilites between the cracks of existing genres. They freely and unapologetically blend ethnic instruments and synth/sampling gear...dark and hypnotic..."
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