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Dreamtime Return Original recording remastered

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Since its release in 1988, Dreamtime Return has earned its reputation as a genuine classic. The two-CD Magnum Opus is perhaps the most important, widely known and highly respected release in Steve Roach s vast body of work. it serves as an essential benchmark within the Ambient-Ethno-Atmospheric genre.

Steve Roach demonstrates that electronic music s greatest potential may lie in bringing our most elusive dreams and ancient memories into focus through potent, highly imaginative soundscapes. This is without question Steve Roach s masterpiece. 10-10 rating - CD Review

Roach s travels in the Australian outback, along with studies of the Aboriginal Dreamtime, and his desert walkabouts in California were the life blood for this recording which still defies the boundaries of genre classification 17 years after its release. Dreamtime Return still sounds like a transmission from the near future and the very distant past.

Dreamtime Return is more than a seminal recording that has influenced a generation of musicians. It s the voice you might hear calling back at you at the edge of the world. John Diliberto, Echoes Radio, syndicated to over 150 stations nationwide.

Musically Dreamtime Return richly deserves its classic status, but Roach also deserves credit for leading electronic musicians out of their sheltered studios and into an active relationship with the landscape, the wider world, and deep cultural history. The whole genre is stronger and more relevant for his example. Stephen Hill, Hearts of Space Radio

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Steve Roach's 1988 double-disc, inspired by visits to the Australian outback and the Aboriginal concept of "dreamtime," has been hyped as one of the pivotal works of ambient music. You may wonder why: It begins with the generic whooshing you'd expect from a NASA training film, and as it evolves acquires similar sounds typically used by film scorers to connote open planetary vistas. That's ambient music for you: To some, one minute its sweeping sounds evoke a great metaphysical vastness, to others that same material can seem a tired cliché.

Stick with Dreamtime Return, because after its garish opening segment, the music travels less expected pathways, with slow-moving textures luring listeners into evocations of tribal ritual. In Aboriginal mythology, "dreamtime" refers to a state of being in which the past, present, and future are experienced simultaneously. Dreamtime's tales address the earth's origin, and the role of humans in it (the Aboriginal people believe every human event leaves a "record" in the land).

Inspired by these stories, Roach used a combination of synthesizers and ancient instruments, most notably the dumbek drum and the didgeridoo (that two-toned wind instrument native to Australia, played here by David Hudson), to create shape-shifting, constantly evolving atmospheres. Dreamtime Return is among a handful of pioneering works of what's sometimes called "Ethno-Ambient," though its rhythms are more aggressive than most music carrying that label. Moving from solemn, ceremonial beats to unmoored, tempoless explorations, Roach scatters tones and colors into brilliant arrays, and evolves them, ever so slowly, into a majestic long-distance journey. It may only be a simulation of dreamtime, but it's dazzlingly hypnotic all the same. -- 1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die:

STEVE ROACH #2 ON 20 ICONS FOR @) YEARS OF ECHOES. "Dreamtime Return is more than a seminal recording that has influenced a generation of musicians. It's a portal into a universe where technological designs merge deep inside primordial moods. Roach found the nexus of primal didgeridoo growls and synthesizer drones and orchestrated them into this techno-tribal opus. When you shout out at the edge of the world, Dreamtime Return is echo that calls back to you." - John Diliberto ((( echoes ))) -- Echoes Radio

Surrounding every masterpiece there is an arcane and indecipherable energy, a divine breath that blows. Works like "Dreamtime Return" change the course of history and accomplish a prodigious jump forward. It is a recording that has inspired a whole generation of musicians and that contains within its two hours astounding artistic intuitions, the starting point for all of the esoteric and tribal music that is produced today. The drones of the didgeridoo, the ceremonial drums, the alien ambiences, the voices from the past, the eternal silences, the tribal atmospheres, the dilation of time, and the sculpture of space have created the tribal-ambient genre, of which Roach was the first techno-shaman. The record can be considered a soundtrack for an adventure at the edge of time, an experience that has deeply and indelibly marked Roach, whose life from that moment will no longer be the same. The channel is open. --Deep Listening:


Disc: 1
1. Towards The Dream 7:09
2. The Continent 4:47
3. Songline 3:01
4. Airtribe Meets The Dream Ghost 7:07 - MP3 edit
5. A Circular Ceremony 11:18 - MP3 edit
6. The Other Side 13:11
7. Magnificent Gallery 6:02
8. Truth In Passing 8:49
9. Australian Dawn - The Quiet Earth Cries Inside 6:17
Disc: 2
1. Looking For Safety 31:17
2. Through a Strong Eye 6:50
3. The Ancient Day 6:07
4. Red Twilight With The Old Ones 9:50
5. The Return 8:33

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 23, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 1988
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Projekt Records
  • ASIN: B000A8AXRM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,033 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Indigo the Ent Wife on October 31, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I have A LOT of music by Steve Roach, not that this is something too difficult to acheive. The man is VERY prolific. To my mind, however, this double CD (re-released here) is one of the best sonic atmospheres ever written. The music evokes the dreamtime of Australian Aborigine fame, and uses sounds and musical instrumentation of the Australian Outback as a basis for the entire concept. When I first heard the music, I was living in Northern Canada, about as far from the Australian desert as one cen get. It didn't matter. The music is about an inward journey of thought and discovery that may have been inspired by one type of environment, but applies to the world as a whole. I have played this music for friends from accountants and lawyers to teenagers and death rockers, and it is always a hit. You do need to take the time to listen to the music and to get involved. Since this is a double CD, don't expect to rush through in less than two hours. If you take the time, you will be rewarded. Originally released in 1988, this music provided a foundation for many of Mr. Roach's environments which followed. The other music, including "Australia, Sound of the Earth" and "Origins" explored similar spaces, but this CD remains the masterpiece.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By dronecaster on October 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Before you begin to think that the title I've entered in is an exageration, try to remember the first time you listened to something which was so unusual that it truly tested the limits of your vocabulary. Much of the music from the Western classical tradition often produces such states of mind, as well as powerful performances of exotic forms of music. This recording by one of the most important musicians/composers of the past century also belongs in this lofty arena.
By the mid-1980s, Steve Roach had successfully digested the bones of European electronic music; equal measures of Klaus Schulze, Vangelis, and to some extent Tangerine Dream. Towards the end of 1987, Roach was invited by Floridian photographer David Stahl to accompany him to Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, Australia to assist in the filming of Art of the Dreamtime, a documentary which was produced for PBS. The experience, which for Roach was a culmination of a childhood dream, was to alter both the course of his life as well as his music.
Dreamtime Return was the great turning point of Roach's career, a line of demarcation separating the Berlin school-inspired electronic music he created since 1979 from a new primal, tribal-percussion based music rooted in his first experiences in the Australian Outback. The employment of electronic textures and structures can still be heard loud and clear, but it was now more organically-rooted and the emphasis on sampling becomes evident for the first time. Roach's influences at the time encapsulated everything from the piano-based soundscapes of Harold Budd to the Eastern/North African-influenced trumpet compositions of Jon Hassell, the latter being a former pupil of the German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 1999
Format: Audio CD
There are certain things we all encounter that we never forget: the day you get married, the day a loved one or friend passes away, the assassination of an admired political leader, just to name a few. For me, it was the day I purchased Dreamtime Return, an album that altered the course of my life. I was just two months away from graduating from high school (March 19, 1989) About a year and half earlier, I was blown away by Klaus Schulze's X album (produced in '78), and I had a similiar experience with Dreamtime, as if Roach had somehow peered deep into my subconscious in order to produce the music---I've heard other people have had similiar experiences. I now write and play my own electronic music thanks to this one album. It probably still is his very best work, but Origins and The Magnificent Void are both fabulous works as well! Simply put, Dreamtime contains over two hours (on CD) of some of the most beautiful and profound music created by a modern artist in many years
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 4, 1998
Format: Audio CD
To get maximum listening enjoyment out of this album you must buy this album on CD as opposed to cassette. As there is 38 more minutes of music on the CD. Now about the album. If your looking for an album that you can chill out to or dream off to sleep with "Dreamtime Return" by Steve Roach is an album you should buy. "Dreamtime" has lots of lush flowing synth sounds mixed with the Australian instrument the didjeridu. (The didjeridu is a hollowed out branch of a eucalyptus tree). The track on the album that is my favorite is on the first disc, track # 5 "The Other Side". This track was recorded with another artists that I would also recomend Kevin Braheny. Another track that is good, especally to chill out to is the very last track on the album (Disc 2, Track # 5) "The Return". But just take my word for it this is a real good album if you like ambient/electronic type music. Buy it and hear it for yourself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Holger Knublauch on August 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I strongly agree with the other 5 star reviews on Dreamtime Return and hope we can push it to 5 full stars average: This is the Steve Roach album people should start with. It grows with every iteration and has almost become a sacred treasure in my collection (among others, I own almost all Steve Roach CDs).

As a word of caution though: The first 10 times or so I could not really find access to this record, since it is more a subtile painting of moods than something that catches your attention for active listening. But this is one of the few records that become better each time (in this regard similar to Peter Gabriel's UP or Klaus Schulze's Timewind).
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