Structures From Silence
by Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity
Originally released in 1984, this album (one of Roach's all-time classics) has been remastered and reissued on CD in 2001.
Lacking the soft percussive edge of Roach's later works, the music on this 59 minute long CD is drastically ambient. The scope of sounds are entirely synthesized, exploring dreamy tonalities and drifting pulsations in three long compositions. Utilizing amorphous but melodic structures, the simplicity of this music expands beyond minimalism, generating lush but passive soundscapes to mesmerize and sedate the listener.
Sighing electronics establish a foundation for cloudlike airs that drift emotionally without disrupting concentration. While these foundation textures refuse to vary, additional layers provide harmonic substance. With concrete determination, this music refuses to be intrusive, while maintaining a constant presence at the periphery of the audience's psyche.
In 2000, Yoga Journal voted this release one of the top-ten all-time CDs for practicing yoga.