Structures From Silence
About Structures From Silence
Steve Roach’s Structures From Silence is a true masterpiece; a benchmark album that has inspired countless listeners, and lived on in permanence throughout the decades. The album’s breathing, suspended embrace of atmospheres and serene melodies instantly struck a chord with listeners in 1984, and continues to reiterate its timeless resonation with new listeners today.
For the 30th anniversary of this genre-defining, landmark release, the original analog reel was carefully pulled from the archives, and a new 24-bit/96k transfer was made directly from the source recordings. From there it was handed over to Spotted Peccary’s Howard Givens, whose passion for this timeless album, coupled with a long-standing friendship with Roach, made this a deeply meaningful project. Givens, who masters 24/96k releases for Spotted Peccary on a regular basis, is no stranger to the delicate precision of high definition mastering, and the result here a 24-bit/96k remaster of Structures From Silence that reveals all the luscious quality and subtle tonal detail not heard since the 1984 vinyl release.
We are honored to be the only place in the world to offer the 24-bit/96k High Definition Studio Masters of this timeless classic.
In 1983, as Steve Roach began work on his third album, the dedication to finding his voice as a composer and artist was coming into full bloom. On this landmark recording of gentle proportions, he emerged with a sound completely outside of the 80s era in which it was created. The three long-form tracks on Structures From Silence were the birth of something new; it was an original and pure statement, a dramatic departure from his earlier works in the German-influenced electronic space music genre. Striking a balance between diaphanous and gentle, deep and reflective, the listening experience evoked a sense of silence within the music as well as the space between the chords. It expresses the breath of life and offers a meditation on delicate strands of subtle awareness.
During its creation, Steve let the music take form in moments of focused stillness within the studio. At the time of the recording, Steve wrote, “I spent much time in silence, a beautiful place. Feeling the sound move through that space was vital in its development… For me the essence of the music is what is felt when it ends, a returning to the silence.”
Thirty years later, Structures From Silence remains an iconic American release in the ambient and electronic genres. It’s a well-respected soundtrack for contemplation, relaxation, meditation, and focused creativity. The album continues to appear at the top of charts and is mentioned as one of the best releases in the genre; even more importantly, it is a meaningful touchstone for thousands upon thousands of listeners who have lived many years within its nurturing embrace. The album has endured, growing more potent over time, especially in the accelerated pace of today’s life. Emotional, powerful, and enriching, it is a living example of the true healing quality that music can hold.
Heralded by many as one of the finest ambient works of all time, Steve Roach's Structures From Silence is right up there with Brian Eno's "Music for Airports," and deservedly so. Originally released in 1984, Structures From Silence was deemed a classic almost immediately, but the contrast grew greater as Roach's output did, and the sheer beauty and clarity of this recording became more clear with time; then the album became a bit of a legend after it went out of print. Projekt has done ambient, and music enthusiasts in general, a great service by putting this excellent and classic recording back into print. With this re-release at last Roach's early work can be listened to, enjoyed and made available to the buying public at large, as well as a new audience and generation of listeners. Structures From Silence 2001 has also been re-mastered for better sound quality, thus creating an even more evocative atmospheric listening experience. This is an exciting recording from a wonderful era in electronic ambient/space music. The 1980s saw the advent of so much electronic and synthesized music, but finally one of the finest recordings of the decade has become available again for a new generation and a new time.- Matt Borghi, All Music Guide
The quintessential slo-mo electronic album and a disc that musicians have been imitating since its release in 1984. It only has three tracks, each of them long explorations of glacial chordal shifts and aurora borealis curtains of sound. Even in 1984 Steve Roach had an original sound palette and it has not dated a second.- John Diliberto, Echoes Radio
Since its release, many listeners have praised the album’s therapeutic and meditative qualitites, but Structures From Silenceremains foremost a work of the heart, with tracks like ‘Quiet Friend’ forever evoking an aura of melancholic solitude. Whatever Brian Eno may have set in motion with his landmark Ambient series, Roach took a step further by creating something with a resounding sense of humanity and emotion.- Mark Burby, Alternative Press