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As a pioneering cornerstone of ambient-atmospheric-electronic music, internationally-renowned artist Steve Roach has dedicated nearly four decades to exploring myriad soundworlds that connect with a timeless source of inspiration. From the expansive, time-suspending spaces reflecting his spiritual home in Arizona to the fire breathing, rhythmic-shamanic expressions woven from all things ... Read more in Amazon's Steve Roach Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 12, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Collector's Edition
  • Label: Projekt Records
  • ASIN: B001B92F02
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,184 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Arrival
2. Seeking
3. Conquest
4. Empowerment
5. Twilight Heat
6. Merge
7. Urge
8. Distance Is Near
9. The Memory
Disc: 2
1. Harmonia Mundi [*]
2. Release [*]

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Product Description

Long out-of-print Electronic classic with limited edition bonus disc of never-before-released tracks. At the price of a single CD!

The rights to the 1986 release Empetus reverted back to Steve; this - along with some recently discovered "lost pieces" - inspired this 2-CD Collector's Edition. The second disc, entitled The Early Years, features two amazing long-form sequencer pieces circa 1982. The first piece, "Harmonia Mundi," was recorded live in the L.A.-based Timeroom with Swiss-born electronic musician Thomas Ronkin. At 45 minutes, this is one of the more possessed and intense analog sequencer trance pieces you're likely to hear. "Release" is a 24-minute solo statement of emotion and energy connected to the early years of Steve's evolution in sound, harkening to Now and Traveler. By the time Empetus was released, the approach of these longer German School styles were morphing into a new sound heard on Empetus and beyond.

Empetus Full blown sequencer-based music illustrating a further evolution in the visceral side of Roach's music. Nine precise pieces that still sound fresh today. A favorite of sequencer music lovers.

Released in 1986, this recording of intricately-woven sequencer lines and buzzing synthesizers established Roach as the American answer to the pioneering European electronic masters of the '70s (Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream). Alternately thrilling and serene (sometimes within the space of the same track),

Empetus' waves of energy rest upon labyrinthine patterns of interlocking notes and wildly cascading tonal clusters. Roach varies the moods from piece to piece as well: the bright, piercing electronics of Seeking contrast vividly with the starker, sweeping veils of sequenced notes and arcing waves of Empowerment, or the turbo-charged synths that rev through Conquest. It s all riveting, exciting stuff, and although Roach largely abandoned the style as he moved forward, Empetus remains an important, if largely unsung, statement documenting the course of modern American electronic music. Muze - Darren Bergstein
On Empetus, Roach has created a masterpiece, done purely on synths and sequencers... a rhythmic / melodic tour-de-force of solid, totally compulsive synth music. Lotus, England - Andy Garibaldi


Originally released in 1986, this 2CD reissue of the single-disc Empetus by legendary US ambient artist, Steve Roach, comes with a bonus disk of tracks tied in to the period in which Empteus was created. Steve Roach, who has a huge catalog of cutting-edge synth albums, has been at the forefront of new technology for decades. Where many artists have produced and then fallen out of fashion, as did many of the German artists (Tangerine Dream, Peter Baumann, Klaus Schultze, ), or those that simply produced few complete works (Michael Hoenig), Steve Roach has continued to fulfill ambient fans with various pathways of inventive sounds.

Empetus takes complete pages from the magnificent trance-works by many of those previously mentioned artists. But Roach is one of the masters and his album is a dead-on classic that should be in every library right next to those German masters of electronic synth and sequencers and their respected albums. Fans of the genre and particularly fans of this German-dominated style will recognize the sound. They will also recognize the creative talents that went into its formation.

Originally released, as many of Roach s early works were, on Fortuna Records, Roach has recently recovered recording rights and has elected to revisit this album. The new bonus CD is referred to as The Early Years and, as such, provides two rhythmic sequencer sets originally recorded in 1982. The first is a 46+-minute absorption piece recorded with Thomas Ronkin, a classically-trained pianist whose own works and explorations mimic the interests of Steve Roach. The piece is called Harmonia Mundi and is followed by a 26+-minute composition called Release. While it is great to have these additional sets, it is the Empetus CD that is the real prize here.

Fans of those early German synth maestros (if you are not already aware of this album (Empetus)) will marvel at the classic feel that this album generates. Empetus is NOT to be missed. Rating: 4.5/5 --Musictap.net

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SB on January 29, 2010
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The editorial reviews in the item description are dead-on. This is some truly classic sounding 80's synth-trance music. For fans of Steve's more recent work, this album is a treat because it is very different--more up tempo and much more musical than his current abstract concerns. The album consists of short, individual songs which each have a unique structure and do not flow continuously. Fortunately, for fans of longer form works, the bonus disc has two epic-length excursions that take similar ideas and stretch them out into mesmerizing experiences. In fact, mesmerizing is the perfect word to describe this entire album-- highly recommended!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SC Artist on September 15, 2009
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I love Steve Roach's music - I have 3 or 4 cds now and will be back for more. I love the colors and emotions that are invoked by his work.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tdog on August 2, 2014
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awesome cd
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By carol on December 27, 2012
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This was a gift for a friend. I haven't listened to it, but he said he likes it very much.
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