Structures from Silence

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Structures from Silence
Studio album by Steve Roach
Released 1984
Recorded 1983–1984, at the Timeroom
Genre Ambient, Electronic
Length 58:27
Label Fortuna
Producer Steve Roach
Steve Roach chronology
Traveler
(1983)
Structures from Silence
(1984)
Quiet Music 1
(1986)
Alternative cover
Remastered edition, 2001.
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars [1]
Alternative Press favorable [2]
Q favorable [3]

Structures from Silence (1984) is the third album by the American ambient musician Steve Roach. This is his first purely textural album, with a smooth, dark, gentle atmosphere unlike any of his other albums.

A remastered version of this album, with a different cover, was released in 2001 by Projekt.[4]

A 30-year anniversary edition was released by Projekt in 2014. The album was remastered in 24-bit/96k from the original analog mixes. "With today's evolution of audiophile analog mastering tools we were able to reveal the original beauty, detail and essence-of-tone captured on the 30 IPS analog master which has not been heard like this until now."[4] There is both a single-CD edition, and a 3-CD deluxe edition that includes two bonus discs created in 2013. Both editions use the original cover art.[4] The remastered original album (but not the two bonus discs) was made available as 24-bit/96k digital downloads.[5]

In late November 2014, Steve Roach was selected as Echoes Radio's #1 Artist [6] and Structures from Silence was voted as the #2 album.[7] England's FACE nominated Structures as the #4 best reissue of 2014.[8] "Given how much ink has been sloshed about the 2014 ambient revival, it’s a perfect time to return to this classic album – still spellbinding, three decades on."

Track listing[edit]

  1. ”Reflections in Suspension” – 16:39
  2. ”Quiet Friend” – 13:15
  3. ”Structures from Silence” – 28:33

30th anniversary bonus discs[edit]

Disc 2: Suspension and Reflection
  1. "Suspension" – 28:36
  2. "Reflection" – 30:24
Disc 3: Below and Beyond
  1. "Beyond" – 32:11
  2. "Below" – 39:47

Personnel[edit]

All tracks composed, performed, produced and recorded by Steve Roach at the Timeroom, Culver City California. Spatial enhancements by Kevin Braheny and Michael Stearns.

2001 edition: Remastered by Roger King. Cover images by Steve Roach. Tray and inside bootlet photo by Jim Stimson. Layout by Sam Rosenthal.

Video release[edit]

Cover of the Structures from Silence video release, 1987

In 1987 a VHS video titled Structures from Silence was released. It featured imagery created by Marianne Dolan set to the album's title track. This video was also released on laserdisc under the title Space Dreaming.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r83541
  2. ^ http://www.steveroach.com/Press/review.php?id=146
  3. ^ http://www.steveroach.com/Press/review.php?id=148
  4. ^ a b c Roach, Steve. "Steve Roach: Structures From Silence". Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Structures From Silence". Spotted Peccary. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "25 Icons of Echoes". Echoes. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "25 Years of Echoes". Echoes. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "The 20 best reissues of 2014". Fact Magazine. Retrieved 9 December 2014.