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The Magnificent Void

Steve Roach

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Album Review

Cool, majestic, hypnotic, a recording that seems to be designed to place the grandeur of the universe in between your surround speakers. The music conjured up by Roach for this album consists mainly of sweeping tones, broadly painted onto a reverb-drenched canvas, making this a perfect album for internal games involving mental planetariums, stargazing of the soul. The Magnificent Void is immense, chilly and captivating, musical science fiction that leaves behind a shocking emptiness when the last tone drifts away into the universe.

Customer Reviews

One of Roach's best and an all-time ambient great

The i-Tunes review is pretty much spot-on. This is some of the most articulate ambient music ever written. Roach just nails the subject matter. Particularly good are "Between the Gray and the Purple," which is reminiscient of Jerry Goldsmith's "Spock Walk" from his Star Trek score, and "Infinite Shore," which somehow finds the life-affirming in the emptiness of the Void. I highly recommend this. Not a single track disappoints.

To a Chilled Place

In 2008 I was on the coast of Maine, and learned of a gruesome event that occurred in 1710. A ship, the Nottingham Galley, wrecked offshore on December 11. Fourteen men were stranded on tiny Boone Island for over three weeks without food or shelter, enduring sea and storm; only ten survived. During this period was probably the first account of anthropophagy in the new world. As I was reading about their story, I was listening to this album. The final piece, Altus, is to me the story of the relentless conditions they endured. It is chilling.

One of Roach's Best!

Magnificent Void is among Steve Roach's best solo works. It's nearly impossible to describe the abject hugeness of the soundworlds he created for this release. By the time you've reached the end of "Altus", you're nearly in tears, especially once the music fades away. Absolutely astounding.


Born: 1955 in California

Genre: New Age

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A longstanding leader in contemporary electronic music, composer and multi-instrumentalist Steve Roach drew on the beauty and power of the Earth's landscapes to create lush, meditative soundscapes influential on the emergence of ambient and trance. Born in California in 1955, Roach — inspired by the music of Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, and Vangelis — taught himself to play synthesizer at the age of 20; debuting in 1982 with the album Now, his early work was quite reminiscent of his...
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