The Magnificent Void
by Darren Bergstein, Muze

Even longtime Roach converts will be surprised by the intent and intricacies to be found on THE MAGNIFICENT VOID. Those quick to exact demarcation points might label this venture 'dark ambient' (a term faintly describing the interstice between industrial, post-industrial and contemporary ambient music), but this is the stuff of microgalactic myth and psychic sinkholes. Roach's acoustic and synthetic rhythms are in deliberate absence here; instead, electronic seeds the color of blackest ebony open and begin to flower within a great emptyness, as drones erupt and begin to vibrate with a tangible, almost malevolent pulse. In retrospect, this recording might be the flip side of QUIET MUSIC where that disc's becalming sound situates you in a place of introspection, Void challenges you with its spooky veneer, manipulations of silence and awry time suspension. It is a confrontational surface that pitches 'darkwave' as the black cousin of 'ambience,' menacing yet simultaneously profound. Here, Roach has transcended mere genre music and pithy cliches by lighting a candle and embracing the darkness.


The Magnificent Void


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The Magnificent Void
Steve Roach
1996 Hearts of Space HS11062 (Poster, CD)
Reviewed by Cliff Tuel, Asterism, i/e, Muze, Tucson Citizen, Wired

A Magnum Opus of pure oceanic sound and Roach's most sophisticated atmospheric work to date. The final track "Altus", Latin for both "high" and "deep", says much about this work. The most demanding and textural of Roach's work, it has more in common with 20th century avant-garde than other genres. A chilling and beautiful continuous flow of harmonic sound-worlds. Melody and harmony are present throughout in a surreal play of light and dark colors.
 
1. Between the Gray and the PurpleRealAudioMP37:42 
2. Void Memory OneMP32:53 
3. Infinite ShoreMP37:47 
4. Cloud of Unknowing 10:38 
5. Void Memory TwoMP33:40 
6. Void Memory ThreeMP33:41 
7. The Magnificent VoidMP313:13 
8. AltusMP320:01 



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