Structures From Silence
by Darren Bergstein, Muze
Minimalism and ambience sometimes make compatible bedfellows. Both genres attempt to produce a lot from a little, but in the wrong hands, the mere repetition or lack of composed sounds can signal just as minimalist a palette of ideas. But synthesist and sound designer Roach has the right hands – his tone poems, quite minimal by nature, take the concept of 'ambience' and turn it on its proverbial head. This idyllic record draws the listener in so deep, they might not wish to escape should they even be able to do so. "Reflections in Suspension" is music to soak in while sunlight dances off falling dust motes, delicate, fragile and undeniably beautiful. Roach's initial foray into monastic sound, this prefaces his classic QUIET MUSIC of a few years hence, and is just as vital.