Steve Roach: Dreamtime Return (High Definition Remaster) (2LP preOrder • shipping in August)

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Track Listing:
Side 1 • 1 Towards The Dream 7:05 • 2 The Continent 4:48 • 3 Songline 3:09 • 4 Airtribe Meets The Dream Ghost 6:59
Side 2 • 1 A Circular Ceremony 9:36 • 2 The Other Side 13:13
Side 3 • 1 Magnificent Gallery 5:08 • 2 Australian Dawn – The Quiet Earth Cries Inside 6:07 • 3 Looking For Safety 11:10
Side 4 • 1 The Ancient Day 6:04 • 2 Red Twilight With The Old Ones 9:48 • 3 The Return 8:30

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The Masterpiece Returns to Vinyl


Genres: Electronic, Ambient, New Age
• Ships for September 6 street date
• 140gram 2LP vinyl Color-in-Color (Bone in Transparent Blue No 13)
• Gatefold jacket with photos, liner notes, and credits
• Limited Projekt first edition of 1000

The High Definition Remaster is also available in a 2CD in 6-panel digipak with 16-page booklet.


Since its release in 1988, Dreamtime Return earned its reputation as a genuine classic. The magnum opus is one of the most important, widely known and highly respected release in Roach’s vast body of work. It serves as an essential benchmark within the electronic-ethno-atmospheric genre. Roach’s travels in the Australian outback, along with studies of the Aboriginal Dreamtime, and his desert walkabouts in California were the lifeblood for this recording which even today sounds like a transmission from the near future and the very distant past.

Stephen Hill, Hearts of Space Radio
Musically Dreamtime Return richly deserves its classic status, but Roach also deserves credit for leading electronic musicians out of their sheltered studios and into an active relationship with the landscape, the wider world, and deep cultural history. The whole genre is stronger and more relevant for his example.

With new vinyl-manufacturing-metal sourced from the 2018 high definition remaster, the true expansive depth of this iconic masterpiece has been meticulously unveiled, revealing a refined listening experience. Mastering engineer Howard Givens utilized an extensive array of analog and digital tools and his passion for this seminal work to restore the original sonic nature and visionary intention, taking the listener deeper into the dreamtime.

Gianluigi Gasparetti, Deep Listenings, August 2005:
Surrounding every masterpiece there is an arcane and indecipherable energy, a divine breath that blows. Works like Dreamtime Return change the course of history and accomplish a prodigious jump forward. It is a recording that has inspired a whole generation of musicians and that contains within its two hours astounding artistic intuitions, the starting point for all of the esoteric and tribal music that is produced today. The drones of the didgeridoo, the ceremonial drums, the alien ambiences, the voices from the past, the eternal silences, the tribal atmospheres, the dilation of time, and the sculpture of space have created the tribal-ambient genre, of which Roach was the first techno-shaman. The record can be considered a soundtrack for an adventure at the edge of time, an experience that has deeply and indelibly marked Roach, whose life from that moment will no longer be the same. The channel is open.
From Tom Moon’s book 1,000 Recording to Hear Before You Die
Steve Roach’s 1988 double-disc, inspired by visits to the Australian outback and the Aboriginal concept of “dreamtime,” travels less expected pathways, with slow-moving textures luring listeners into evocations of tribal ritual. In Aboriginal mythology, “dreamtime” refers to a state of being in which the past, present, and future are experienced simultaneously. Dreamtime Return‘s tales address the earth’s origin, and the role of humans in it (the Aboriginal people believe every human event leaves a “record” in the land). Inspired by these stories, Roach used a combination of synthesizers and ancient instruments, most notably the dumbek drum and the didgeridoo (that two-toned wind instrument native to Australia, played here by David Hudson), to create shape-shifting, constantly evolving atmospheres. Dreamtime Return is among a handful of pioneering works of what’s sometimes called “Ethno-Ambient,” though its rhythms are more aggressive than most music carrying that label. Moving from solemn, ceremonial beats to unmoored, tempoless explorations, Roach scatters tones and colors into brilliant arrays, and evolves them, ever so slowly, into a majestic long-distance journey. It may only be a simulation of dreamtime, but it’s dazzlingly hypnotic all the same.
John Diliberto, Echoes Radio:
Dreamtime Return is more than a seminal recording that has influenced a generation of musicians. It’s a portal into a universe where technological designs merge deep inside primordial moods. Roach found the nexus of primal didgeridoo growls and synthesizer drones and orchestrated them into this techno-tribal opus. When you shout out at the edge of the world, Dreamtime Return is the echo that calls back to you.
Linda Kohanov, (excerpt from) CD Review, August 1989:
Steve Roach demonstrates that electronic music’s greatest potential may lie in bringing our most elusive dreams and ancient memories into focus through potent, highly imaginative soundscapes. In addition to the atmospheric harmonies and rhythms that literally engulf you for two hours the artist’s compelling style is his uncanny ability to create the illusion of suspended time. Altered chords that breathe ever so slowly, floating textures, digitally sampled aboriginal timbres, and arresting special effects lead you through a gently unfolding maze of sonic dimensions that depict a sense of mystery and confrontation with the unknown. The effect is mesmerizing, increasingly introspective, yet curiously comforting as if the primitive wisdom and renewed connection to nature this music conveys is something you were craving all along. This is without question Steve Roach’s masterpiece.

2LP Track Listing:
Side 1 • 1 Towards The Dream 7:05 • 2 The Continent 4:48 • 3 Songline 3:09 • 4 Airtribe Meets The Dream Ghost 6:59
Side 2 • 1 A Circular Ceremony 9:36 • 2 The Other Side 13:13
Side 3 • 1 Magnificent Gallery 5:08 • 2 Australian Dawn – The Quiet Earth Cries Inside 6:07 • 3 Looking For Safety 11:10
Side 4 • 1 The Ancient Day 6:04 • 2 Red Twilight With The Old Ones 9:48 • 3 The Return 8:30

Original release: 1988
2LP release: September 6, 2024

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Weight 1.5 lbs
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1988 / 2024

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2-LP in Gatefold Jacket

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