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Light Fantastic

Steve RoachAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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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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  • Audio CD (September 21, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hearts of Space
  • ASIN: B00000K2BM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,346 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Trip The Light
2. Breathing The Pulse
3. The Reflecting Chamber
4. Touch The Pearl
5. Realm Of Refraction
6. The Luminous Return

Editorial Reviews

The high priest and wizard king of the ostensibly New Age corner of the ambient movement, Steve Roach is an American Brian Eno, except where Eno's ambient classics track a very British interior terrain, Roach musically maps the mysteries of the American Southwest. But like Eno, he's always been as much about rhythm and percussion as space and texture, and as much a music futurist as a sound designer. Like this year's Body Electric, Light Fantastic couples techno-inspired, tribalesque breakbeats and jungle grooves with thick washes of "Roach-tone"--a glistening, rapturous synthesizer sound that is to electronic-hero Roach what "woman-tone" is to guitar-hero Eric Clapton. Peppered with tribal percussion, the drum & bass kickoff "Trip the Light" suggests a panethnic Photek, while the haunting "Breathing the Pulse" evokes Roach's eerie Magnificent Void, albeit undercut with a thickly layered, gurgling rhythm--what programmer Vir Unis calls a "fractal groove." Touches of tamboura, filter sweeps, and searing glasslike washes deliver on Roach's desire to "create sounds that gave off a laserlike illumination." Enlightening. --James Rotondi

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
And I have quite a few space music CDs in my collection. How could somebody not give this CD five stars? I've got a few of Steve Roach's CDs and I've heard his others on his web page, and this has got to be by far his best work! I've even purchased this as a gift for others and they were impressed! Normally I don't ever review CDs that I've purchased from Amazon, but I thought so highly of this one that I had to write about it. "Touch the Pearl" is my favorite on this one, as it's got a very ethereal and mesmerizing sound to it. I also like the tribal rhythms that are included in "Trip the Light." But all of the songs are very relaxing and will leave one in a state of peacefulness and serenity after listening to them. I could listen to this CD thousands of times and would never tire of hearing it. I highly recommend this CD to anyone!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Roach/ Light Fantastic September 27, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
The latest and next chapter due out this fall. Tribal trance and ambient excursions leave the mind and body in awe. The artist that brought you "On This Planet and The Magnificent Void" resumes his musical excursion with Light Fantastic. Very highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another strong suite from Steve Roach December 20, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Like many of Steve's releases of recent years, "Light Fantastic" is mostly devoid of melody, however it is a pure, otherworldly sonic environment to immerse yourself in. This album is full flittering and frenzied "fractal groove" percussion (alliteration unintended!). The occasional trance-drone of the tamboura is another welcome addition. This album may not break a lot of new ground for Steve, but it is definitely one of his strongest releases of the past 5 years and one of his most percussive.
The sonic analogies to the mechanics (reflection, refraction, etc.) of light is very accurate. One can almost visualize shimmering mirrors, prismatic rainbows, lasers and ghostly photons dancing to this music. Try "Tripping the Light", "Touch the Pearl" or "Realm of Refraction" for some serious persussive grooves. All in all, very mesmerizing.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Now that a couple of months have passed... October 21, 2000
By Mark
Format:Audio CD
I reviewed this cd about two months ago, giving it three stars (now I give it 3.5 stars). It has grown on me a bit. I like that a cd can do that. Although I still feel this cd is just a bit flat, I have discovered the subtle energy that "Light Fantastic" exudes. Track #5 saves the cd for me. It takes a couple of minutes for this 11 minute tune to get kicking, but this rhythmically charged tune is energizing, and is good for doing things like painting or house chores. Too bad it's only 11 minutes long. Actually, the rhythm to this tune fades well before the song is over, and runs (without a break in between, as with most of this cd) into the final 16 minute and 48 second piece "The Luminous Return", a very mellowing soundscape of suspended chords. I can see why some would consider this their favorite ambient cd with it's beautiful chords and techno rhythms, especially if you are new to this type of music. But this is not my favorite Steve Roach release.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative and delightful September 30, 2002
Format:Audio CD
One of Roach's strongest gifts is his ability to work with the title of the given cd, invoking a masterful sense to create a theme based work. I have known blind people who have heard this and this truly gave them a better understaning of the beauty of textures of visible light.
Upon it's release I was already a massive Roach fan and once again this one shattered any notion I ever held of Roach being bound to any form of convential creative direction. He knows how to forge ahead with a ceaseless prolific nature, yet no matter how many titles he releases, each one sounds fresh and adventurous, taking us in new directions with his skill to bend time and space. In this case, he is bending and refracting the visible light spectrum through his trademark long, gorgeous synth washes and otherworldly sounding beats and grooves.
This is not one of his more meditative releases in the strictess senses; this instead will appeal to any fan of pulsing electro hybrid grooves and searing, almost dissonant but never overbearing or messy clusters of synth textures.
Another bold musical statement from the massive palate of sound colors that Roach 'paints' with. He often states in interviews that he feels more like a sculpture or painter than a convential musician and this disc is a perfect example of his philosophy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The cover tells all August 30, 2000
By Mark
Format:Audio CD
Although there are some good moments on this c.d., I don't consider this one of his better releases. This is contemplative ambient techno, but is somewhat reserved, and gives the c.d. an overall flat feel. Steve's usual texture and soundscape is a backdrop for a slightly trip hop sound, but otherwise there isn't much new, if you are a Steve Roach fan. The opening track is the most trip hop, mechanical sounding piece of the c.d. The final, at almost 17 minutes, is an extremely calming soundscape piece, and you're mind will probaly be in alpha state after listening to this entire last track.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Roach's best percussive album
Roach is right on with Light Fantastic. From beginning to end, this album is always flowing with a nice variety of tribal, electronic and ambient rhythms throughout. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jrolls
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Perfect Recording
Here is another of the rare perfect recordings. Composed right before Steve set up his own Timeroom label, "Light Fantastic" delivers another phenomenal impact of sound and... Read more
Published on September 11, 2006 by Bladerunner B26354
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is A Beautiful Album!
I am very pleased with this album. It sure is something special. I don't like all of Steve Roach's work, but Light Fantastic is fantastic! Read more
Published on August 5, 2005 by Mike Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars mirrors
Think splendor, radiant gloss, flames of blues, green galaxies, shimmering lightning, if possible, and northern lights, the aurora of tempered hypnogogia. Read more
Published on February 25, 2005 by Christopher
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic CD
This CD waas the beginning of my collection and once I heard it I was hooked. All the songs are flowing and very imaginative and leaves one with daydreams alive. Read more
Published on June 24, 2003 by DREAM15
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Steve, but getting old
If you don't have Steve's last five recordings, this is a good one to start with. I wish he would start going in other musical directions that this primal drum thing he's been... Read more
Published on January 15, 2000 by JOHN WELLS
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