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Steve Roach: Skeleton Keys (Vinyl)

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Tracks

A1. The Only Way In 7:15
A2. The Function Inside The Form 8:23

B1. Escher’s Dream Is Dreaming 9:48
B2. Inner Weave at The Outer Edge 6:52

The LP features three tracks from the CD
and one track exclusive to Vinyl.

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Three parts to the whole:

Skeleton Keys CD — 8-tracks, 74-minutes.
Skeleton Keys Vinyl LP — 4–tracks, 32 minutes. 400 copy limited edition.
Three tracks from the CD and one exclusive track.
The Skeleton Collection 2005 – 2015 CD — 8-tracks, 71-minutes.
The companion CD. Five early pieces and three recorded after Keys was complete.


Special introductory-priced bundles:
Skeleton CD 2-pack – both CDs for $25
Skeleton LP + CD 3-Pack – the LP and both CDs for $45

Important shipping note: Vinyl is heavy and expensive to ship outside of the USA. You will receive a separate email with the additional $$$ amount required to cover the cost of postage. For USA orders, first class shipping is not available.

Steve Roach: Skeleton Keys
Experience the beauty of 100% pure analog modular sequencer-based music.

There’s a worldwide analog modular synthesizer resurgence in full swing. Pioneering electronic musician Steve Roach taps into the zeitgeist on Skeleton Keys, a 74-minute album recorded using the Synthesizers.com large format analog modular synthesizer­/sequencer-based system. These are eight emotional and mind-expanding spiraling mandalas-of-sound made from interwoven tapestries of melody, rhythm, tone and musical space. Full Skeleton Keys description here

⦿ The spiraling music of Skeleton Keys is perfect for the vinyl experience.
⦿ 180 gram vinyl
⦿ Limited edition of 400
⦿ Includes a Bandcamp download code for the 4-track LP version
⦿ Letterpress & offset printed jacket
⦿ “Inner Weave at The Outer Edge” is only available on the vinyl release

Weight .8 lbs
Artist

Steve Roach

Label

Diophantine Discs

Release Year

2015

Format

180 Gram Vinyl LP

Reviews

  1. Reviews Editor

    Review  –:

    Skeleton Keys is Echoes’ May 2015 CD of the Month!

    From Echoes

    As Steve Roach’s Skeleton Keys opens, with a reverse sequencer pattern fading-in as if going backwards in time, this quote struck me because Roach is returning to his analog synthesizer sequencer roots. But since Roach has been relentlessly discovering new music directions for 35 years, when he revisits these sounds, he hears it anew, discovering innovative pathways in an old vocabulary.

    Steve Roach is a child of German space music. Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze and Ash Ra Tempel (sic) were his Holy Trinity and he expanded on that sound with albums like Now, Traveler and his definitive sequencer statement, Empetus. While many artists were content to stay in that mode, Roach crossed the border into a new world of sound, developing techno-tribal with Dreamtime Return, deep drone with Magnificent Void, and galactic expansion on albums like Arc of Passion. Elements of those 1980s sequencer pulses would return, radically shifted, on albums like Light Fantastic and Proof Positive, but they have been secondary or understated elements on the 50 or so solo albums Roach released since Empetus in 1986.

    When “The Only Way In” opens the door to Skeleton Keys, a wash of familiarity rushes in, but it’s a sound that is also altered by a quarter century of musical evolution. There’s a more tribal, percussive approach to these analog-driven tracks that wasn’t present in 1986. The nature of Roach’s interwoven sequencer patterns has also changed. They’re more intricate and transformative, a fractal moiré pattern of shifting perspectives and deceptive depths. Roach slowly alters sequencer patterns in a track, changing focus, bringing one element into bas relief then re-submerging it into the pattern. It’s a fascinating display of electronic painting that reveals a minimalist element to this music that owes more to Steve Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians” than Tangerine Dream’s “Phaedra.”

    This might be the only Roach album that displays its technology like a trophy. Roach composed Skeleton Keys on a massive analog synthesizer constructed in the style of early Moog modulars, with tons of switches, knobs and patch bays. An extreme close-up photo of a few knobs on the instrument graces the cover and a promotional postcard has Roach standing in front of it, the huge synthesizer spilling beyond the frame. A lot of artists are going in this direction these days, but few have the mastery and control that Steve Roach reveals.

    Most of the compositions’ titles relate to Roach’s sonic structures. “Escher’s Dream Is Dreaming” features sequencer patterns that seem to turn on themselves, and “Symmetry and Balance” reflects interlocking notes that mirror, refract and move contrapuntally through time. “It’s All Connected” is both a philosophical construct and a commentary on Roach’s music: the piece is built upon a techno-tribal flow of acoustic sounding percussion, matched by a twanging, nattering electronic pattern, a marriage of his two dominant worlds.

    Sonically and sensually, Skeleton Keys is as immersive as anything Steve Roach has recorded and is best heard loud on good speakers or headphones, as patterns bounce across the stereo spectrum in lysergic pirouettes. These Skeleton Keys will unlock your consciousness. -John Diliberto

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