As the Dust settles, the MIDNIGHT MOON is revealed ...
A stunning recording of quietly moving soundworlds, MIDNIGHT MOON is a 70 minute-plus collection of haunting, minimal, deep-of-the-night, mood-drenched pieces. The recording was conceived in 1998 when Steve began to explore his own style of atmospheric, processed guitar-based zones, approaching the instrument, as the composer says, "with a beginner's mind, the Tabula Rasa, or clean slate. I set off with no technical understanding or desire to develop in any sense of a conventional guitar player.
"With this recording, I feel I am entering into a psychological landscape that is difficult to describe without characterizing it once again as "dark" or "mysterious." I feel the metaphor of entering into a vast cave is fitting, the sensation of going deeper into new areas that pull you deeper and then again deeper. In that sense, it's really about exploring your own unconscious creative landscape through the music, as if the sound becomes the illumination of this process, like the subdued glow of a single torch flickering against cavern walls that have never been lit before.
"After two decades of using synths as the main foundation for my soundworlds, the guitar proved to be a stimulating way to approach these soundworlds I live within. MIDNIGHT MOON captures an atmosphere I know I will never access again, since the magic was in the discovery. I simply managed to record the process as it was unfolding. Working with some great textural guitar players over the years, such as Suso Saiz, David Torn and Jorge Reyes, also fed the fire that was burning quietly to do this type of project; the differance being I was thinking of a collabration with a guitarist rather than playing the instrument myself."
In the end, it is the music that always matters. After extensive looping and processing, the sound has an indigo, deep-violet hue, often beyond recognition of what the original source could have been. The result is one of pure introspection, offering a perfect flow of mood-altering soundworlds for infinite repeat-mode playback. In a world obsessed with categorizing all aspects of artistic expression, MIDNIGHT MOON is a another offering to the unnamed, ineffable realm of pure ambient - atmospheric music, one that Steve Roach expresses with quiet nobility.