Structures From Silence
by Alan Di Perna, Yoga Journal
When Steve Roach first released his ambient electronic album STRUCTURES FROM SILENCE in 1984, 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. This new digital remastering of Roach's landmark album captures all the aural depths, spaciousness, and old-school analog warmth of the original but with enhanced sound quality for a richer listening experience. 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.