The music that landed on the double album “Live Transmission” was created, recorded and broadcasted live at the studio of internet radio station SomaFm, San Francisco, May 7 2013. Established in a single two-hour session two days after his May 2013 Ambicon concert, Steve grabbed the opportunity to journey in the moment into emotional, long-form spaces and dynamic-spiced slow morphing textures before a live audience.
Well, the outcome moves through tracks from his back catalogue, weaving sensuously evolving grooves and lengthy drone zones into a massive, at times malevolent sonic landscape. One of them is a shortened, altered version of “Looking for Safety” (from the landmark release “Dreamtime Return”) that’s nicely overhauled and re-interpreted.
The deep surges of fractal groove creation (“Kairos Portal”), tribal beats/percussion and vast, soft breathing atmospheric textures (“Vortex Immersion”) on both discs offer a constant shifting and spiraling of moods and perspective as we are revisiting classic tracks. “Westwind” is quite a tantalizing treat on the second disc with its vibrant, groovy sound design. The release rounds out with an extended version of the mesmerizing “Today”, an anniversary-track offered for free in February 2013 to friends of his music.
As such, “Live Transmission” is not an essential album, but a nice addition to Roach’s existing live-catalogue.
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