Roach has spent a great deal of time deep in Australia's outback exploring and absorbing the beauty of numerous sacred and secular sites where Aborigines had painted stories of The Dreamtime for thousands of years. It was these explorations through the Aborigine myth of The Dreamtime, their highly complex story of creation, that inspired this recording.
Inspired by Roach's explorations, this recording took on a new significance when he teamed up with photographer David Stahl, who invited him to collaborate on a film project about the Aboriginal art of The Dreamtime.
DREAMTIME RETURN captures the intense, creative passion that is at the heart of The Dreamtime, blending Roach's distinct musical styles -- meditative / contemplative and high-energy -- for an unforgettable 127 minutes of powerful musical images of the mystical dawn of life.
Towards the dream...
"This recording is a documentation of my Dreamtime travels over the past three years, beginning in Southern California and continuing to Northern Australia. The time was filled with incredible synchronicity. Most significant was the meeting with David Stahl, a Florida-based writer / photographer who heard my third album, STRUCTURES FROM SILENCE, on the radio while driving through the desert to Mexico.
"I was well into composing for DREAMTIME RETURN when David Stahl wrote to me about his documentary project, "Art of the Dreamtime." David had been planning this film on the Aboriginal rock paintings at the same time as I was working on my DREAMTIME RETURN album. We soon spoke with fervor about our projects that seemed destined to combine. My longtime compelling connection to Australia was becoming more tangible.
"It was several months later when I arrived in Australia's Cape York, with its endless plateaus, gorges, and sandstone escarpments which conceal the sacred and secular sites of times past. It is in this vast continent that the essence of Dreamtime still remains and my return continues. " Steve Roach April 12, 1988, Los Angeles