Steve Roach
Structures from Silence


5.0
classic

Review

by Tim Bartolini USER (11 Reviews)
August 12th, 2012 | 21 replies


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dream on.

Amazing is the concept of unlimited space, the idea that there is no physical boundary within the reach of anything at any given point that marks the edge of our universe. Brilliant is a being that can capture and understand such a marvelous concept on so many levels and express it by means of sound, specifically in musical form. Ambient and electronic musician Steve Roach is one of the rare few who have successfully been able to achieve this goal, proving his understanding of the notion in a number of ways. Metaphorically speaking, Steve Roach truly captures the true meaning of space with his music because over the years it has become obvious that his musical capacity knows no bounds. The musician has released one and a half solo albums on average per year since his 1982 debut Now, each one ranging somewhere between generally solid and utterly flawless. In a more literal sense, Roach’s music perfectly captures the essence of space and all of its wondrous aspects, portraying them through peaceful melodies and mysterious ambiance. When it comes to fulfilling such a task, however, nothing that Steve Roach or any other musician has ever done or very likely ever will do will come close to competing with his magnificent third record, Structures from Silence.

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.



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macadoolahicky
August 11th 2012


1835 Comments


This is the soundtrack to my meteor shower viewing, which is currently being interrupted by countless clouds.

I tried not to sound lame as much as possible.

mindleviticus
August 11th 2012


8229 Comments


This one is incredible, but Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces just blows this out of the water, in my opinion.

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macadoolahicky
August 11th 2012


1835 Comments


That one is probably my third or fourth favorite of his. I grow tired of it much easier than this and Dreamtime Return, my personal favorite of his. He offers so much stuff on that one

mindleviticus
August 11th 2012


8229 Comments


With me it's exactly the opposite :P

Graveyard
August 12th 2012


5730 Comments


I'm just now getting into this guy and from what I heard I should get this right now

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macadoolahicky
August 12th 2012


1835 Comments


You're probably right. Wait, no!!

I should check that stuff out though.

KILL11
August 12th 2012


133 Comments


will check nice rview

YoYoMancuso
August 12th 2012


11080 Comments


great review

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
January 29th 2013


18474 Comments


im floating to orion

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MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
January 29th 2013


4507 Comments


twin peaks in space

mindleviticus
January 29th 2013


8229 Comments


aw yeah mr. krabs

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
January 29th 2013


18474 Comments


the title track sends me to alpha centuri

CK
February 6th 2013


4915 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Quiet Friend is the best track on here

oltnabrick
April 19th 2013


30826 Comments


fuk this rule

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Keyblade
April 19th 2013


14836 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

obvs

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RadicalEd
October 8th 2013


2649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great stuff.

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DrMaximus
January 22nd 2014


9275 Comments


Wonderful.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
January 22nd 2014


18474 Comments


the best ys

CK
January 22nd 2014


4915 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dreamtime Return >

but this is phenomenal

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
January 22nd 2014


4507 Comments


Riven > Myst



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