Between 1983 and 1986, Steve Roach recorded what has proven to be his most unique and out of character work, for this signature synthesist that is. Originally commissioned to create this music for the healing arts - meditation and body work, Roach captures a virtual reflection of inner quiet, exploring the vastness of stillness. Many childhood memories emerged and helped to shape the music, returning composer Roach and listeners, to a place of simple innocence. Creating mind paintings from the lush green vegetation representing life itself, to the illumination of the sun, giver of life, to the timelessness of the atmosphere in which all exists, it is serene, peaceful, flowing and at times floating, with feather light textures. Along with his landmark release Structures from Silence, the Quiet Music series has been used for years in meditation groups, birthings and Hospice programs. In 1988, the selections from volume 2, the first side of volume 3 and a previously unreleased piece were combined onto the Quiet Music CD. More than ten years later and after numerous requests from listeners, the complete edition of this series is being released in a double CD, Quiet Music (Complete Edition). Disk 1 contains the entire selection from the previously released CD and disk 2 combines volume 1 and 3 and features a previously unreleased piece entitled Quiet Canon. This is considered early ambient music before the term became co-opted to describe music of todays electronic music of varying styles.
About the Artist
Steve Roach is recognized worldwide as one of the leading innovators in contemporary electronic music. His range of musical expression runs the gamut from the introspective soundscapes of Structures from Silence and Quiet Music (Complete Edition) to the explosive sequencer music of Empetus. Roach masterfully combined these two aspects of his style on the double album Dreamtime Return , considered by many critics to be a landmark in the new music genre.