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Membership has its privileges. Learn more. When Steve Roach first released his ambient electronic album Structures From Silence in , the genre was hardly new. Artists like Brian Eno and Tangerine Dream had been at it for a decade or so.
But Roach brought a new edge to the style. The 30th anniversary set includes bonus discs of all-new Roach recordings that come from the same timeless, tranquil mood. Each track arises from silence, coming to full volume like a film slowly coming into focus. From there, listeners waft along a gentle current of majestic bass swells, chimes, and soft-focus clouds of billowing sound. Roach listened to no other music and spent long periods in meditative silence while creating the original album.
The Zen-like purity of this compositional process is beautifully reflected in the end result. Like all true ambient music, these discs offer a calm, centered soundtrack for everyday living, not to mention an ideal support for mediation, restorative yoga, energy healing sessions, and other integrative modalities. Reviews Editor — July 21, Excerpt of article from Echoes.
This opportunity came to play at Terminal Island Prison for the inmates the prison. So I setup in what was like a high school gymnasium or a high school auditorium in the Terminal Island Prison, and I had to go through all these layers of security check and with all the gear and inspecting everything. And finally you get in and setup, then in comes a whole completely full auditorium of inmates. And the guy that played before me, Bob Ramey was his name, at the time he had all these drum machines mounted into a big rack and he used to do these drum machine grooves for Eddie Harris, the jazz player.
So when Bob was playing the guys out there were wadding up pieces of paper and throwing them at him and all that sort of thing. Excerpt of article from Fact. Released in on Fortuna, this three-track collection of brocaded synth composition is a world away from the tacky lovebombs lying undetonated in new age thrift bins. Instead, Structures From Silence offers an ambient music that, although subtle and slow-moving, throbs with life — music which, like a flagging Chinese lantern, appeared to have gently bobbed down from the cosmos.
Excerpt of article from Ambient Music Guide. By his own admission Roach became utterly obsessed with owning one, which he eventually did after securing a very high interest loan.
This feeling mixed with the epiphanies of all that was unfolding in my life at the time was essential to the creation of Structures. Articles popped up in Pitchfork and even in the New York Times. From the start, one can easily hear the deep sense of serenity initially explored by acts such as Popul Vuh, Tangerine Dream, Vangelis and others. What makes Structures from Silence so special, still, is how Roach had both come to match his inspirations and suggest a new way forward.
Structure over silence indeed, but also suspension as tension, a surface beauty that suggests potentially dark as well as vast depths. As for the half-hour long title track, two notes in initial sequence almost resemble a fanfare, or a call to a ceremony, repeated at points as other melodies — almost but not quite missable as melodies, so intentionally, carefully drawn out are they — emerge in sequence, evolving and sounding warmer as the piece progresses and hints of distant murmurings play out.
Roach gathered the three tracks and pressed a run of cassettes on his own. Word spread quickly. Stephen Hill of the long-running, nationally distributed Hearts of Space radio program took note of Roach, and was one of the artists he championed, along with musicians such as Constance Demby, Laraaji and Iasos. Reviews Editor — June 30, From Sonic Curiosity. This is a reissue of the release from and features 59 minutes of remastered flowing electronic music.
When this album saw its original release in the mid-Eighties, it quickly became a classic recording, a vanguard document for what would grow into the ambient music genre.
While considered by many to be an ambient release and granted, the tuneage is quite gentle , this music actually possesses a definite degree of melodic definition. The electronics are soft and the riffs waft on easygoing breezes. Delicate tones sigh, while smooth keyboard sustains pulsate to form vaporous backdrops.
As "The Luminous Return" takes us on to the end of the album, the soundworlds begin to be more focused on a feeling of raw emotion and calming influence, until we reach the end of the album. As the CD draws to its conclusion and the music starts to enter its extended fade-out, a new melody surfaces, mustering strength until it fairly seethes with pulsating puissance, bringing the CD to a strong end.
Oh, it would be so easy to just say the second CD offers more of the same…but that would be erroneous. While ambience is keynote, the styles in which Roach achieves these soundscapes is different each time. Whether mixing guttural gears with spiraling tones…or piercing bleeps contrasted by snickety beats…his goal may be to mesmerize the audience, but each track pursues alternate methods of delivering that mesmerization.
And this passage slides into an even more energetic mode with surging pulsations of a squeaky nature immersed in bubbling bloops. And the concert wraps up with a piece of moderate strength, bordering on ambient but possessing a tad too much melody and substance to be considered truly ambient.
The result is a tasty new flavoring of ambiences. Reviews Editor — December 18, A review from Ambient Music Guide Best of I saw his Ambicon gig in May and musically Live Transmission is in the same league, just longer — a slowly developing tapestry of improvisation and prepared themes performed on a mix analogue and digital gear.
All the elements of his sound are there: vast slow moving clouds, breathing synthetic chords, shakers, didgeridoo, dark tribal beats, pretty Berlin-school arpeggios and loads of samples from natural environments. But what this album does show is tremendous poise — a live performer in complete command of his art and still inspired after more than 30 years of music making.
A review from relaxedmachinery. Officially launched in February , the Drone Zone was its first station.
I can immerse myself into this beautiful music and let go of the grit of the day. One person found this helpful. This CD waas the beginning of my collection and once I heard it I was hooked. All the songs are flowing and very imaginative and leaves one with daydreams alive. It has become one of my favorites and I listened to it so many times I knew I needed to purchase more so as not to tire of it.
Overall I would give this CD a high rating and suggest it to anyone looking for some decent ambient music. Highly recommend. Excellent CD. Though I enjoy Mr. Roach music,this one was a little too laid back for me. Here is another of the rare perfect recordings. Composed right before Steve set up his own Timeroom label, "Light Fantastic" delivers another phenomenal impact of sound and reverberations that create a great sense of vastness without ever using your vision.
My favorite track is number four, 'Touch the Pearl' with its glowing, shimmering waveforms that are, intentionally or not, attuned directly to the core of consciousness.
It flows for an awesome nine minutes seamlessly into Track 5, 'Realm of Refraction. Roach has no equal in this realm. He is truly a master of his instrumentation that does for the mind what a good diet and exercise program do for the body. Although I cannot prove it, since I have been listening to Steve Roach's compositions the first was 'Dreamtime Return,' , my memory and concentration have improved ten fold, as well as my ability to stay focused on one thing.
I am more relaxed, rested and attuned to my task at hand, whatever that may be. If it were not true, I would have told you. After nearly 20 years of being hooked on Roach, I can tell you with all certainty that nearly all of his compositions are not to be missed--essential to deal with and dissipate the petty cares of this world.Nov 27, · From the expansive, time-suspending spaces reflecting his spiritual home in Arizona to the fire breathing, rhythmic-shamanic expressions woven from all things electric and organic, Roach .