Steve Roach | Structures from Silence (30th Anniversary 3-CD Remastered Edition)

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Structures from Silence (30th Anniversary 3-CD Remastered Edition)

by Steve Roach

Structures From Silence's breathing, suspended embrace of atmospheres and serene melodies instantly struck a chord with listeners in 1984; the album continues to reiterate its timeless resonations with new listeners today.
Genre: New Age: Ambient
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1. Reflections in Suspension
16:46 album only
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2. Quiet Friend
13:22 album only
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3. Structures from Silence
28:48 album only
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4. Suspension
28:36 album only
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5. Reflection
30:24 album only
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6. Beyond
32:11 album only
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7. Below
39:47 album only

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Album Notes
Structures From Silence's breathing, suspended embrace of atmospheres and serene melodies instantly struck a chord with listeners in 1984; the album continues to reiterate its timeless resonations with new listeners today. Striking a balance between diaphanous and gentle, deep and reflective, the music evoked a sense of silence within the music as well as the space between the chords. It expresses the breath of life and offers a meditation on delicate strands of subtle awareness. "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." - John Diliberto, ECHOES Radio. 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, on this 30th anniversary package with two additional discs of music.

• 24/96K remaster from original analog tapes
• Luscious sound quality and subtle tonal detail not heard since the 1984 master
• Includes two bonus discs created (in 2013) from the heart of silence
• 250,000+ sales on Steve's catalog over the past 30 years
• Structures consistantly tops ambient / meditation listener polls
• Yoga Journal voted Structures one of the top-10 all time CDs for yoga. The ultimate soundtracks for contemplation, relaxation, meditation, & focused creativity.
• In 2010, Steve Roach voted #2 on '20 Icons for 20 years of Echoes Radio.'
• In 2013, FACTmag.com chose Structures as the 10th best album of the 80s
• Single disc version (PRO-119) now contains the 2014 remaster


From England's Fact Magazine:

#10 best album of the 80s!
Steve Roach’s later work may have taken him into some rather shaky places, but Structures From Silence remains one of the most important ambient albums ever crafted. It isn’t as high profile as similarly poised records from Brian Eno, but its enduring influence has been unmistakably visible in the three decades since its release.

The warming yet alien tones of the album’s title track undoubtedly served as a blueprint for Aphex Twin’s jawdropping double album Selected Ambient Works Vol. II, and the track still sounds removed from time almost thirty years later. ‘Reflections In Suspension’ however is almost upbeat in comparison, bringing to mind early Emeralds or even top-tier soundtrack composer Cliff Martinez with its memorable, emotive synth bass and glimmering pads. Labeling the album as meditative almost does it a disservice – Structures From Silence is a thoughtful, slow-paced study in synthesizer, and it has never been more relevant.

Robert Rich: “Steve is a good friend of mine, and I respect him immensely. He is amazingly single minded and intense in his approach to his music, and I think Structures From Silence was the point where this single-minded approach first coalesced into a natural voice – I think that’s where you first heard his voice in its pure form. It is absolutely indicative of the way he works, which is to live in his sound constantly, and be surrounded by it. I think that’s one reason why it’s such a single minded and pure piece of work.”


Excerpt of article from Echoes Radio's Blog:

This opportunity came to play at Terminal Island Prison for the inmates the prison. So I setup in what was like a high school gymnasium or a high school auditorium in the Terminal Island Prison, and I had to go through all these layers of security check and with all the gear and inspecting everything. And finally you get in and setup, then in comes a whole completely full auditorium of inmates. I’m playing sequencer kind of material and doing my thing at that time with all the pure analog gear. I had a trajectory to go with and then it was going to end in a more quiet reflective place, which was where I was heading to with Structures and with that first track on Structures, “Reflections in Suspension,” so eventually that piece emerges. And it’s absolutely gentle and very quiet and really not a piece that you think you would play for inmates in a prison, you know.

And the guy that played before me, Bob Ramey was his name, at the time he had all these drum machines mounted into a big rack and he used to do these drum machine grooves for Eddie Harris, the jazz player. So when Bob was playing the guys out there were wadding up pieces of paper and throwing them at him and all that sort of thing. So I thought I’m in for it here, you know, I don’t know what’s gonna happen here, but I’m just gonna go for it.

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