Between the Gray and the Purple 7:42 2. It is beyond space and time. Ignore Tyson - rationality is no religion. But it is so hard to put the vastness and grand nature of this album into human words. It brings to mind dense collections of dark matter slowly moving, unseen by anything or anyone, or the distant nebulas where stars are born.
The most demanding and textural of Roach's work, it has more in common with 20th century avant-garde than other genres. He has traveled, beginning with his landmark Structures From Silence recording in 1984, through his many solo and collaborative projects over 30 to this present effort, into the distilled heart of sonic essence itself, and its mirrored double, nothingness, to find the seam where they converge: Silence, from where all sounds emanate and eventually return. Steve Roach is that artist, unafraid of what the future might hold and embracing that which will grow him out further. He has looked toward the ancient as a signpost for reading the modern world and vice versa with mystifying accuracy. Contributions help offset the costs of hosting and maintaining the site. They will not discover me unless I call out for them again.
On The Magnificent Void, Steve Roach tracks the terrain that lies outside the discussion of space, time, and even music. As Roach's approach to ambient music has matured, his compositions have typically been. Innovation is a strange thing, it moves us forward and holds us back; only the true artist can discern the difference between the two, and know when the balance has been tipped. The music conjured up by for this album consists mainly of sweeping tones, broadly painted onto a reverb-drenched canvas, making this a perfect album for internal games involving mental planetariums, stargazing of the soul. It is a confrontational surface that pitches darkwave as the black cousin of ambience, menacing yet simultaneously profound.
This is especially true of ambient music. Sweet, life-giving rain is falling from the sky, but I can only barely hear it. Melody and harmony are present throughout in a surreal play of light and dark colors. Archived from on 29 May 2012. Younger innovators in the techno and ambient worlds revere Roach's contributions and are amazed at his ability to stay years ahead of the curve. I begin to see beauty in the emptiness, light where I had previously only seen darkness.
Cloud of Unknowing 10:38 5. This tired body is only weighing me down, pulling me back from fully exploring a magnificent inner world. As the album title might suggest, The Magnificent Void conjures up images of deep space, the regions between the galaxies, where no stars or matter exist. I cannot tell, the sounds melting together, flowing around other sounds, and eventually dissolving away. You can use all of the words in the english language, but nothing works except for the experience. Void Memory One 2:53 3.
A chilling and beautiful continuous flow of harmonic sound-worlds. Once again I breathe deeply, and accept it as a part of the Void, giving hope to the emptiness I feel. The Magnificent Void 13:13 8. This is the gate, step inside. An angel joins me in my solitude, appearing high above in a faint shimmering light. I try to recall how long I've been here, but I have no concept of time.
Cloud of Unknowing 10:38 5. The demons are waiting at bay in the distance. Yet he keeps one eye cocked to the lessons of the past as a way of grounding his work; he rejects musical trends and technological fashions as inept fixes to age old problems in the word of organic sonic inquiry. He interprets them from the experiential realm as a medium. There's a huge cavernous atmosphere created throughout the 69 minute 'The Magnificent Void' that may remind first time listeners of the beginning of the 'Alien' film as the 'Nostromo' silently plunges through the deep abyss of space. I mustn't try to disturb the sanctity of the Void.
Steve Roach has been swimming in the ambient waters since the early 80's, while most of today's ambient artists are just getting their feet wet. A chilling and beautiful continuous flow of harmonic sound-worlds. It is however one of the best entries in his vast catalogue. As I come to feel the warmth and comfort around me, my pain subsides. It can feel like I am wearing Roach's The Magnificent Void as if it were the warmest and most comfortable blanket - a sonic snuggie, if you will. But on those rare moments, this album truly is like floating in a void.