by Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity
This CD from 2003 features 73 minutes of pleasant ambience.
This release is also Roach's "The Lost Pieces, Volume 3", representing auxiliary soundscapes that enhance and expound on a few of Roach's past masterpieces.
"Gray and Purple" was recorded in 1987, the same week as material for DREAMTIME RETURN, but serves as an early hint of THE MAGNIFICENT VOID to come. This track is 22 minutes long, fully affording the minimal drift to adopt a tranquil disposition of quite expansive quality.
Recorded in 1993, "Artifact Ghost" is a basic atmosphere from the ARTIFACTS and WELL OF SOULS recordings, and has been used as walk-in music prior to many Roach concerts. Its sparse tonalities produce an affable reduction of physiological functions, generating a pleasant trance state.
There are three tracks from 2001 that function as primal templates for the zones explored by Roach on his ambitious MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES box set. These soundscapes temper Roach's signature minimalism with a spiritual flavor, resulting in heightened (or deepened, depending on your perspective) insights.
"Bottomless 2" was featured on a Hypnos compilation, and is inherently similar to THE MAGNIFICENT VOID. In this alternate version from 1999, the sonic textures propel the listener into an abyss of psychological proportion wherein self becomes synonymous with immaterial existence, inducing a serenity of momentous scale.
While the last pair of pieces are further auxiliary recordings from 2003 and constitute Roach's fascination for the themes he examined on his MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES box set. Again, their amorphous qualities explore realms that dwell beneath the obvious, manifesting as sonic visualizations of softly roiling nebulae inside the mind.
The cover art for this release is another surreal digital piece by Richard Baily.