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Empetus - Steve Roach

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Roach's 5th solo album features sophisticated, energetic sequencer music, similar to his earlier NOW and TRAVELER, ending with a haunting, melodic piece, "The Memory," more akin to his floating ambient work of the period. EMPETUS' full blown sequencer-based music illustrates a further evolution in the visceral side of Roach's music. Nine precise pieces that still sound fresh today. A favorite of sequencer music lovers.

"EMPETUS emerged from the dynamic times of my early years in Los Angeles, circa the beginning of the 80's. This was an exciting time and place with the confluence of electronic artists, concert events, and instrument builders (like Oberheim). We were all in full stride and dreaming big. This created a sense of an emerging electronic sound and culture growing from the collective of these creative energies in motion. EMPETUS – a word I modified from the original impetus – is about infusing high emotion into the pieces, which were moving from longer forms into concise, interconnected meditations on energy, movement and dynamic flow." -- Steve Roach (2008)

Track Listings:
    1. Arrival 4:20
    2. Seeking 5:25
    3. Conquest 6:09
    4. Empowerment 3:52
    5. Twilight Heat 3:15
    6. Merge 6:21
    7. Urge 6:23
    8. Distance is Near 2:40
    9. The Memory 5:57

Artist Name(s):
Steve Roach - Synthesizers, Michael Stearns - Strings [The Beam] (tracks: 1, 3, 4)
Steve Roach
Release Year: 1986
Ambient, Berlin
Album Type:
Cassette, Compact Disc, Digital / Download, LP 33 1/3
Cover & Packge Design:
Michael Hayden, Janaia Donaldson
Studio Name:
The Timeroom
Engineer(s): Steve Roach, Darwin Foye (Voice Recording)
Label / Publishing
Label Name:
Catalog Number(s):
FOR 036
Los Angeles, CA
Editions / Reissues
  1. Fortuna Records FOR 036 US 1986
  2. ‎(Cass, Album) Fortuna Records FOR-036 US 1986
  3. (CD, Album) Fortuna Records 17036-2 Germany 1986
  4. (CD, Album, RE + CD, Bon) Projekt PROJEKT218 US 2008
  5. ‎(LP, Album) Fortuna Records FOR-LP036 Brazil 1986
  6. Projekt PRO218. 2017
Synthesizers Used
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