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Steve Roach (born February 16, 1955)[1] is a Grammy Award-nominated American composer and performer of ambient electronic music, whose recordings are also classified in the genres of space, drone, and new-age.

Steve Roach
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Steve Roach in Tucson, Arizona, 2013
Background information
Born (1955-02-16) February 16, 1955 (age 62)
La Mesa, California
Genres Ambient
Occupation(s) Composer

Steve’s 2016 (Projekt) album Spiral Revelation received a Grammy Award nomination for New Age Album of the Year at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.[2]



Roach during a soundcheck at SoundQuest in October 2010, Tucson, Arizona.
Steve Roach performing at SoundQuest 2010.

Originally a Motocross racer, at the age of 20 Roach taught himself to play the synthesizer[3] after being inspired by such influential synthesizer artists and groups as Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, and Vangelis. His debut album Now appeared in 1982, followed by Structures from Silence in 1984. In 1986 he released his acclaimed Quiet Music series. In 1988, he released what has been described by critics as his masterpiece, the double-album Dreamtime Return.[3]

As Roach's approach to ambient music matured, he has typically[4] been beatless, although his rhythmic and trance-based groove and tribal-ambient releases are nearly as numerous[4] as his more atmospheric releases. Some recordings are strictly synthesizer based, whereas some recordings include ambient guitar experiments, and other releases cross over with more ethnic influences.

He was an early proponent[5] of the didgeridoo's use in ambient music and learned to play it during his extended trips to Australia during the 1980s. He later worked with Mexican musician Jorge Reyes who would introduce a Prehispanic element, and these fusions would further establish Roach as one of the founders[4] of the tribal-ambient sound.

Roach is married to author and equine teacher Linda Kohanov[6] (who provided vocals on some of his albums). They live in Tucson, Arizona.[7]


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