by Matt Rowe, MusicTAP
The beauty of ambient streams that are done right is that they open up the imagination, which, in turn, leads to mind travels that are unique to the listener. Steve Roach has been in the thick of ambient music, and in so many variations of it that it is natural for him to explore regions untouched. This is what IMMERSION: ONE, the beginning of a series of immersion titles, attempts to tap into.
The mind is a sponge and is paying far more attention to things that go on, in and around your consciousness. Everyday we hear a series of noises that run the gamut from cars, planes, sirens, etc., much of which becomes ignored but the mind absorbs regardless.
Steve Roach, with IMMERSION: ONE, creates a steady stream of music that is characterized by an ethereal float, a constant bass tone layered by subtle changes of a higher pitch that varies little. It's as if you're floating in a gravity-free space with no tether. There isn't much beyond this other than 73+ minutes of an uninterrupted, calming musical elixir of ambience.
This becomes useful to help the brain switch from the alarming brutalities of day-to-day audio abuses by filling your airspace with background aural opium. It is especially captivating when you're aware of what you're hearing. Played when falling asleep or relaxing in your room with headphones and eyes closed, IMMERSION: ONE produces a controlled environ, and is therapeutic in every way. It's pure ambient sound with no filler.