This new long-form zone billows out like a big sigh of time, breathing steady and strong. Minimal and infinite in its essence, like all of Steve's long-form zones this is a functional soundworld specifically created to enhance the atmosphere of your personal sanctuary, your living environment and beyond. Lower volume playback increases the potency. This sound space serves as a kind of portal to states of subtle awareness, and is perfect for the support of deeper sleeping as well.
- A Deeper Silence [1:13:43]
2008. Press Information
Steve Roach continues his quest into the deep end of the soundcurrent, and has come up with "A Deeper Silence".
Reflecting back on his beautiful í84 classic recording "Structures from Silence", itís a continuous playback recording of almost 74 minutes, about which Steve says
"itís minimal and infinite in its essence, like all of my long-form zones".
But this time, the sonic journey definitely goes much deeper inward, roaming in carefully molded darker, mysterious and dense atmospherics which float and shapeshift in freeform spaces.
Listening to this album actually feels like a ongoing search for the silence embedded deep inside onceself. Itís an experience thatís beyond words, something that you have to experience with your very own senses.
Chapeau, Steve !
2008. Bert Strolenberg
By now Steve Roach fans should know what to expect when an album is comprised of a single long-form work. A Deeper Silence could just as easily have been named Immersion Four, but whatever you want to call it, it adds up to another sublime piece of minimal atmospheric ambience.
If you enjoy The Dream Circle, Piece of Infinity, and Darkest Before Dawn, you are virtually assured of liking this as well.
A Deeper Silence, like its predecessors, does nothing special to command attention. There are no dizzying heights, no stark depths, no one thing to attract one to it. And yet, it is these same characteristics that pull one into its sonic world, drawn in by virtue of its subtlety and softness. It is a static and yet ever-shifting piece, evoking images of clouds, mist, darkness, and the like. It plays like an infinite loop, one that I have gladly listened to from start to finish on several occasions.
Equally enjoyable for deep listening with headphones or passive listening in the background, A Deeper Silence is classic Steve Roach.
2008. Phil Derby / Electroambient Space
This release from 2008 features 74 minutes of extreme ambience.
Indulging in excessive minimalism, this music is offered as one long track that the liner notes recommend listening to on low looped playback to generate an infinite sonic environment of relaxation.
Ethereal tonalities emerge from a silent darkness and drift through the murky climate with no attempts to generate illumination. The tones luxuriate in extended waves that defy perception, establishing a steadfast drone of barely discernible definition. Gradually, far too delicately to be clearly noticed, the density of the soundscape increases into a rarefied atmosphere of sighing pulsations which in themselves are still too drawn out to detect movement.
In truth, the music features an assortment of changes, but these evolutionary transformations occur over such prolonged periods that their development remains too subtle for detection. Effectively, this is the nucleus of this release?s charm: the music resolutely passive nature. The harmonics rise from near silence and achieve a whispery softness that one must strain to recognize.
This composition is designed to provide the listener with an intentionally unobtrusive background flow whose entire effect happens within the brain. These ephemeral tones smooth all psychic waves with their own languid resonance, instilling a sense of calm and expansive serenity.
Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity