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Terraform

Steve RoachAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Cavity of Liquids18:33Album Only
listen  2. Ecopoiesis14:24Album Only
listen  3. Texture Wall28:03Album Only
listen  4. Paraterra12:47Album Only


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  • Audio CD (September 29, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Projekt Records
  • ASIN: B002JODURA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,444 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For Terraform, they have opted for building a galaxy from scratch. The result is a place of incredible lushness, borderless vastitude, sudden atmospheric swings, wordless spirituality and many different colors turning in slow motion like shimmering grains of sand inside an infinite kaleidoscope. For most of their duration, these pieces do not want to go anywhere, they just are, existing and breathing in all of the detailed richness of a physical landscape, allowing the gaze of the listener to stray and inspect its structures from the purple-tinged horizon to the dense brushwoods of its rainforest and the lifelines of its lush and moist green leaves. There is a sound of crickets running through almost all tracks like a beacon, assuring the wanderer of the safety of his trajectory by its presence and warning him inside the cavernous wastelands of its absence. Of course, all of these animal allusions, all of the noises, all of the swelling and congesting pads and liquid resonances are all highly artificial once you start observing their characteristics in an intellectual fashion, there is not the slightest doubt that this is not a field recording, but in fact a collage of synthesized harmonies and effects. --Tokafi.com

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A budget-priced reissue of this out-of-print 2006 collaborative album. Vivid ecosystems of sound abound on this field recording of the mind. Drones, liquid resonances and soothing walls of sound wash over the listener. This abstract sound painting includes hints of crickets, sounds vaguely suggestive of water, and deep otherworldly echoes. There is no melody, no rhythm; the feeling is cool, relaxed, and yet in the darkness there is warmth as well. The worlds Nerell and Roach have built do not exist on any map; their impact goes well beyond what can merely be perceived with one's ears.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Some enjoyable work that fails to distinguish itself September 4, 2008
Format:Audio CD
"Terraform" is a typical Steve Roach collaboration in that it basically sounds like a Steve Roach solo album with another album playing very quietly on top of it... I haven't heard any of collaborator Loren Nerell's music, but I can only assume he is responsible for the increased density of sound found on this album. It's not too different from a usual Steve Roach album other than that; the mood and texture will be quite familiar to any fan. It does seems to move faster than most, and it does have a few of the Indonesian touches the Amazon reviewer mentions, mainly in the last track, "Paraterra" (where Gamelan instruments can be heard at one point), but I would have liked to have seen that direction explored further.

As far as what side of Steve Roach is found here, I'd say this: take away the tribal rhythms and the hypnotic, expressively minimal melodies / chords pervading most of his work, and "Terraform" is the sort of ambience that's left... a pleasant wash of bubbling, liquid sound here, a cold, never-ending, unsympathetic echo there. There's a lot of sound, it's powerful, it's effective, but it's very difficult to call to mind when it's not playing... there's nothing to latch onto. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, however.

Two of the four pieces here are standout tracks. "Gravity of Liquids" fits its title quite well, and is one of the more beautiful and peaceful tracks in Roach's catalogue... It feels like fresh air, like a cool breeze on a warm day, or like watching the sun reflect off of the surface of a body of water. It begins bubbling and iridescent, and becomes smoother and deeper as it goes.

"Echopoiesis" is the track immediately following, but the mood could not be more different from "Gravity of Liquids".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Earth Music.. September 29, 2009
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Put yourself in a forest at twilight time. No sounds of civilization around. The only sounds one hears is that of nature & the approaching darkness of the evening. This is what the music of Terraform is!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind work March 20, 2014
By Edwin
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First heard Roach on Hearts of Space,about a million years ago.This music shows him trying music in different direction,than what I normally hear from him.Very,very well done,very laid back,and most enjoyable.But again very different from his normal flow of music.I recommend this for late at night,or very early morn.
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