Boomkat Product Review:
Steve Roach’s foundational and best loved/most sought-after ambient tape series ‘Quiet Music’ arrives on vinyl via Telephone Explosion, yielding his serene conception of music “created in respect for silence”
Recorded between 1983-1986 and issued in ’86 in successive volumes, ‘Quiet Music’ sees Roach expand on Eno’s ideas of ambient music in a soundtrack for Richard Leon’s ‘Wildflowers’ video. Also taken by a fruitful new age spirit in a style that would become his hallmark and also parallel the tranquil electronic simulacra of Japanese ambient environmental music, Roach evokes beautifully bucolic auditory scenery stroked with tender melody in a way that suggests, implies rather than tells, a story about nature and childhood naïveté.
“The second recording in a series of softly flowing synthesiser mind-painting. Like a shimmering mirage on the desert, this subtle music reflects your own images, evoking shades of mood and meaning. Dedicated to the passing of time and the experience of watching particles in sunlight. (Try listening to this quiet music at a slightly lower volume.)”