Immersion One
by Roger Batty, Musique Machine
February 2007


The first part of a promised series finds Steve Roach bringing life to a long-form ambient world that's built around subtle tones, drones and magic sound shifts, all done with a master's ease and elegance. For over 70+ minutes Roach sucks the listener in deeper and deeper, almost to the point where nothing else exists.

The piece seems to suggest that you're floating just below a jungle's lush, dusk-lined canopy, as the tones slowly move and settle, easing one's body and spirit. There's an odd haunting whistling-like melody that dips in and out of the clouds of ambience, like a strange magical bird that you keep catching glimpses of as you slowly and effortlessly move under the green lushness of the jungle's canopy. It also feels like the ripples on a pond, the droning and soothing pitches rippling out and folding back in on themselves. It's never threatening or wishy-washy new agey, it's just this neutral soundworld that soaks and loosens one, almost sliding into unconsciousness, but never quite fully going all the way.

Again, another wonderfully-painted ambient world by one of the true masters of the genre. Perfectly formed long-form ambient explorations to simply lose yourself in and drift far, far away.


Immersion One
Immersion One

Steve Roach
Immersion Two
Immersion Two

Steve Roach

Immersion Three
Immersion Three

Steve Roach
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Immersion Series Poster

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