Steve Roach – Immersion Five: Circadian Rhythms

Steve Roach - Immersion Five: Circadian Rhythms

Release data:

Steve Roach – Immersion Five: Circadian Rhythms
CD, Timeroom Editions, 2011

Meant to explore a new direction for the immersion experience, “Immersion Five – Circadian Rhythms” nicely continues the series with two long form tracks of 73 minutes each, intended for infinite playback. The albums subtitle is named after physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle, responding primarily to light and darkness in an organism’s environment.

The beautiful title track filling the first cd is a smooth and slow flowing affair in three uninterrupted phases, incorporating “harmonic suspension and sparse melodic mantra-like patterns hovering over rhythmic spaces and mercurial zones”. Next to the glurpy and somewhat scorching sounds in the well known expansive soundworlds, I especially love the analogue, groovy sonic current running underneath this piece, gently whirling along in this deep atmospheric ambient work.

The vast piece on the second cd is entitled “Shroud of Night” and tells a different story for me. Beside being less impressive, this track (like “The Desert Inbetween”) occasionally features some textural electric guitar accompanying a string of harmonic synth washes. It was the particular use (and in my view annoying sound) of this e-guitar which made me less like and appreciate works such as “Midnight Moon” many years back.


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