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.
“Flowing like the breath of a sleeping child, Steve Roach’s third recording of quiet music evokes the high, clear streaming of stratospheric clouds. Flue and synths blend in this deep and peaceful ambience, creating a sustaining atmosphere of timeless simplicity. (Try listening to this quiet music at a slightly lower volume.)”