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I'm Chris. I'm 22 years old and I'm into a large variety of music, from Metal in its many forms (mostly the extreme ones) to Goth and Postpunk, Reggae, Jazz, Prog, Techno, Ambient and Film Scores. This is where I rave about albums I really like, and other stuff.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Steve Roach - A Deeper Silence

Steve Roach - A Deeper Silence 
2008 Timeroom Editions
Dark Ambient, soundscapes

A Deeper Silence is an album I often find words to be unnecessary, or even useless, to describe. It consists of a single 75 minute piece of music that can best be described as truly ambient, in that it offers itself as a fully immersive sound world to exist in just as much as a piece of music to be listened to and appreciated. In my opinion it is one of the greatest achievements in this genre, no suprise given that Roach is regarded as a pioneer in the field thanks to classic works such as the Quiet Music series and the brilliant Structures From Silence, of which this feels like a companion piece in a way.

Emerging slowly from the speakers like a cosmic sigh, over the course of it's long running time A Deeper Silence permeates the environment and consumes it in a tranquil, yet subtly ominous and intense atmosphere that transports the listener to the inner corridors of their mind, where deep introspection and reflection are to be found should they be sought. The sound is vast and timeless, as if it has always been echoing in a distant corner of the universe ready to be channeled into a listening experience. However, again I can't help but feel that no amount of words, elaborate or otherwise, can fully do justice to the effect of this otherworldly sound. It is something to be experienced at a level beyond the limits of conventional communication. It is something to drown your mind in. A piece like few others.

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