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In 2008 Eckhart Tolle, spirtual teacher and author of the best-selling books "The Power of Now" and "The New Earth" has just released a new CD titled Eckhart Tolle's Music to Quiet The Mind. Drawn from Eckhart's favorite pieces, Steve was honored to have an excerpt from "Structures From Silence" included.
In October 2002, New Age Voice Magazine compiled their list: The 25 Most Influential Ambient Albums Of All Time Here are the top-5: No. 1 Brian Eno ~ Ambient 1: Music for Airports (Editions EG) No. 2 Steve Roach ~ Dreamtime Return (Fortuna/Projekt in 2003) No. 3 Wendy Carlos ~ Sonic Seasonings (East Side Digital) No. 4 Steve Roach ~ Structures from Silence (Projekt) No. 5 Michael Stearns ~ Planetary Unfolding (Continuum Montage) No. 6 Brian Eno ~ Ambient 4: On Land (Editions EG)
In October 2002, New Age Voice Magazine compiled their list: The 25 Most Influential Ambient Albums Of All Time Here are the top-5:
No. 1 Brian Eno ~ Ambient 1: Music for Airports (Editions EG) No. 2 Steve Roach ~ Dreamtime Return (Fortuna/Projekt in 2003) No. 3 Wendy Carlos ~ Sonic Seasonings (East Side Digital) No. 4 Steve Roach ~ Structures from Silence (Projekt) No. 5 Michael Stearns ~ Planetary Unfolding (Continuum Montage) No. 6 Brian Eno ~ Ambient 4: On Land (Editions EG)
2001 Remastered Edition Remastered, with beautiful new cover artwork by Steve Roach | While the term "classic" is used freely these days, Structures from Silence has earned the "classic" status in the years following its release in 1984. The breathing suspended embrace of atmospheres and serene melodies on this breakthrough release introduced a new sound for its time, generating an abundance of feedback via cards and letters from listeners long before the dawn of email. Structures from Silence is a living example of the true healing quality that music can hold. Now Projekt gives you the chance to rediscover this timeless music...
"Structures from Silence is like riding the perfect wave in slow motion . . . as if sculpting liquid, Roach carefully shapes his sounds into a stately crescendo for an eternal dawn." - ECHOES radio show producer John Diliberto
"For several months before actually committing the title track Structures from Silence to tape, I would live with the music throughout my daily activities. Often I would sleep and wake with the music playing (since it is stored in the computer memory, it can play indefinitely). This gave me the opportunity to fine tune the piece to a very sublime level. At the time I did not listen to any other music. I also spent much time in silence, a beautiful place. Feeling the music move through that space was vital in its development . . . For me the essence of this music is what is felt when it ends, a returning to the silence." - Steve Roach, 1984
Structures from Silence is a monumental landmark in the area of ambient music. It didn’t take long after its release to become a widespread ambient favorite and be considered one of the greatest albums in the genre of all time. Up until the release of Structures from Silence, Roach’s music has been composed of far more energized pieces, being both fast-paced and occasionally calm and relaxing while including a wide variety of electronic beats and tribal rhythms. With his third album, Roach pushed aside the majority of his previous musical qualities and left behind the most simple and beautiful quality of his sound. This worked all for the best, as the final product is certainly one of the most special pieces of electronic music one can experience. The album itself is a journey waiting to happen that, once started, you will never want to end. “Reflections in Suspension” will see you taking off from Earth and traveling farther than anyone has ever dreamed possible, getting closer than ever to destinations barely visible through a telescope back home; with “Quiet Friend” you will continue your journey through space while becoming overwhelmed with all that you have experienced: the sights, the distances, the sizes, the endlessness; finally, the title track will find you coming closer to a true understanding of space and its lack of limits, countless undiscovered regions, and infinite questions that have yet to be asked and may never receive answers.
Structures from Silence is truly the soundtrack to a dream that has yet to take place. It is an album everybody should keep accessible at all times in case of a desperate need of relaxation, the impulsive desire to stargaze, or even just for pleasurable listening purposes. This is not the type of ambient record that will require time and patience to allow the music to sink in. Once the music kicks in, the last thing you will want is for it to end. Structures from Silence is just one of Steve Roach’s ambient masterpieces, though this is the one that will leave a mark on you and will stick with you for ages to come. Summary: Dream On. Rating: 5 out of 5 -Tim Bartolini
Mixed Media / Sounds of Silence ... in most yoga classes silence is golden, but these teachers think music can help you hear what you're missing.
In the same breath that they mentioned succumbing to a growing backlash against synthesizer music in favor of acoustic sounds, several teachers cited this purely electronic recording from 1984 as a classic soundtrack for yoga practice. "What I like about Steve Roach's music, particularly this CD," says Todd Norian (of Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Lenox, MA), "is the spaciousness, the gradual quality of transition from sound to sound. It's really seamless, and doesn't draw attention to itself. Roach has a mysterious way of being invisible yet richly present." Over the past 16 years, Roach has experimented with complicated electro-acoustic mixes, ambitious sampling, and thorny rhythms (as on his recent Light Fantastic). But here he sticks to purely synthesized computer sounds that slowly pulse in and out of the speakers like the most relaxed breathing you have ever heard. A close relative of ambient music, Structures From Silence makes good on its name, achieving more dynamic momentum that such ambient archetypes as Brian Eno's Music for Airports .
Although amorphous to the max, it nonethless creates the illusion of architectural shapes assembling themselves from basic cosmic elements. Elongated melodies stretch out like silver threads; lushly harmonized chords overlap one another like a series of gentle waves spilling onto the shore.
Trying to discern any intrinsic emotional content in the great swells of sound or calculate the mathematical relationships between notes would be like trying to psychoanalyze the sea or count its individual drops of water.
Roach's three meditative compositions -- "Quiet Friend." "Structures from Silence." and "Reflections in Suspension" --- transcend typical musical standards and set their own requirements for deep listening.