On Atmosphere for Dreaming Steve Roach presents a masterfully realized immersive habitat that is instantly transportive, organic and alive. The verdant environment of hovering, sustained earthbound atmospherics comingle with surreal processed Australian outback ambience resulting in a sonic ecosystem of tranquility and renewal.
This 74 minute long-form immersion zone is an evolution of the pre-concert soundworld that quietly permeated the performance venue before the start of the 2018 Return To The Dreamtime shows in Tucson and Santa Fe, as well as experienced on the SomaFM broadcasts of the concerts. This release also shares its intention and spirit with the long-form classic The Dream Circle which was also born as a pre-concert atmosphere before evolving to its current state. Atmosphere For Dreaming is designed for infinite looped playback.
A review from Synth&Sequences Blog
A muffled humming! Like a vibratory hollow wind which lies down peacefully between our ears and turns into welcoming breezes for an organic flora and a paradise for birds of all kinds. Another wave stands out and rises with a seraphic vision, guiding “Atmosphere for Dreaming” even deeper into our inner spirit, where meditation takes many forms. Forms that Steve Roach manages to find and exploit over each album which attracts constantly new followers. Modeled following The Dream Circle, which was originally a canvas of atmospheres for Steve's 90's concerts, “Atmosphere for Dreaming” was developed as part of the concerts in Tucson and Santa Fe, and at Soma FM Broadcasts while the American musician was performing the main lines of Return to the Dreamtime. The music is based on the intertwining of sound waves that Steve Roach opposes to a vast sampling of nature sounds, such as chirping birds and streams flowing in a tundra full of lichens and ferns. The link to make with the Australia's landscapes and soundscapes are obviously great accomplices of our imagination. The structure runs its 73 minutes on repetitive loops, with subtle variances in the sampling structures, which tirelessly forge a long meditative journey where our senses also perceive spiritual hums that we notice even more towards the 50 minutes. The finale is majestic, for fans of the genre, with waves and extremely musical winds that awaken memories of Structures from Silence.