mercredi 19 octobre 2011
1 The Green Place Part I 31:06
2 The Green Place Part II 30:20
1 See Things 5:48
2 Towards the Blue 3:20
3 Something in Tears 5:20
4 A Few More Moments 13:08
5 Air and Light 32:05
1 Dreaming and Sleep 21:51
2 Quiet Canon|7:51
3 Sleep and Dreaming 30:13
Let’s make a long story short. Considered as being the highlight of relaxation, meditation and healing music, Quiet Music was composed between 1983 and 1986. Initially, the Fortuna label distributed it in 3 different shutters on 4 tracks cassette size in 1986. Two years later, a first CD edition saw the light of days. It contained the whole Quiet Music 2 plus a track from QM 3.In 1999 Fortuna launched a 2 CD-set including remasterised versions of QM 2 and QM 3 as well as the 1st part of QM 1. Fortuna’s rights expired and the Projekt label, which produces the music of Steve Roach since 1995 with The Lost Pieces, takes the torch and answers to the more and more insistent request of Steve Roach’s fans by producing the integral of Quiet Music works in a superb digipak box set of 3 CD; Quiet Music: The Original 3-Hour Collection.
If the deep tranquillity exists, it comes from the meditation of souls in the sources of the earth. The Green Place is a stunning musical journey that brings us in the heart of the flowering meadows of Colorado high deserts. It’s the very first Quiet Music and a superb CD that had pass beneath my ears and that would be a pity if the same thing would happen to you. Samplings of a nature hypnotized by a majestic calm open "The Green Place Part I". A river transports delicately its water which pours in delicate waterfalls under the enchanting singings of sedentary birds, captives of this splendid nature which breathes and expires the tranquillity. Soft limpid arpeggios are penetrating there on the tips of their notes and roam among this idle nature that a fine synth line covers of a delicate angelic mist. Dreamer, a soft flute comes to meditate and blows beautiful celestial harmonies which espouse marvellously the lyrical undulations of a synth which lulls all of its euphonies. This pinnacle of serenity follows its road, as a long and soft river of tranquillity, and fall in the notes of a wonderful piano. Notes which cast a veil of melancholy and which are throwing into the shimmers of a synth to loops and to divine rotary movements. We are in the 15th minute and it is pure magic. One is totally subjected by this piano from which minimalist notes spread out with fine modulations in their emotions. Notes which fall with such a delicacy that we go to daydream in this peace of mind environment where the soft nature is mixing in the breaths of an enchanted flute, in the soft embraces of a bewitching synth and in the delicate notes of a melancholic piano. "The Green Place Part II" is in the same spirit of calmness but with a little more musical intro, even more melodious. Arpeggios are less hesitating and form a beautiful oniric ballet with suave synth breezes. It’s a very good melodious intro which flies over the weak debits of waterfalls beneath the veils of a benevolent synth which enters in a temporal spiral to swirl delicately, a bit as Michael Stearns’ on the splendid Chronos. And the piano hatches. With the same notes as on "The Green Place Part I" and the same hoops of a synth to breezes of mist which is winding the entire emotionalism, "The Green Place Part II" emerges of an even more oniric melodious influx. Ending thus a jewel of quiet music!
Quiet Music 2 presents 5 tracks to more electronic tendencies than those of Quiet Music 1. "See Things" is a slow immersion in a universe of solitude with synth layers which couple and complain with delicate melodious filets. Short but melodious, "Towards the Blue" moves while following the course of a river flowing of serenity and beneath some fine oscillations of a synth which crosses more melodious and dreamy pads. "Something in Tears" is very striking with its synth layers which float and crisscross with a stunning sensibility. "A Few More Moments" is another jewel of stillness on this splendid box set. Slender synth strata float and roam in a slow soporific whirlwind. They interweave to form an enchanting cerebral ballet that delicate minimalist chords raise towards a night-melody which is not without reminding the superb Reflections in Suspension of Structures from Silence. It’s a delight for the ears and ideal for meditation, quite as the very ambient "Air and Light" (the longest track of Quiet Music trilogy), which is a real morphic monument for the peace of mind. It’s a very long track which evolves as an obsession for quietness where synth layers wind and intermingle in a strange and glittering luminosity to plunge us in the depths of our subconscious and get fresh ideas in the strength of silence.
Quiet Music 3 begins with the very beautiful "Dreaming and Sleep" and its synth layers which juxtapose in a beautiful harmony where the fluidity of night spectres shapes strange interior voices which murmur and hum discreet night-melodies. Splendid and intense, these melodies espouse delicious and long movements of serenity which wind with delicate synth implosions to guide us throughout this overnight filled of spiritual magic. It’s a sublimely oniric track, quite as its twin "Sleep and Dreaming" which is accompanied by Will Morris’ suave fluty breaths. Incredibly bewitching, "Quiet Canon" raises proudly the ingenuity of its naming. Wonderful synth arches follow each others in a minimalist echo to shape a great musical canon; Steve Roach's canon. Its polyphonic waves espouse fanciful violins of which slender bows hits are melting in the astral decoration sets by a solitary synth. These wrapping layers carry this night-lullaby in the temple of our dreams and whims. This is another splendid jewel of ambient and meditative music, signed Steve Roach.
I learnt to like the ambient music in the sounds of Steve Roach's synths. The American synthesist composes his music as a poet writes his verses and he furnishes his inspirations as a painter colors his paintings. Steve Roach created the perfect album of relaxation where the atonal music moves on subtle oscillations and slow implosions of a very melodious and charmingly lyrical synth. As for me, Quiet Music: The Original 3-Hour Collection is a monument of ambient and meditative music. There are several jewels on this box-set where hours of ethereal and meditative music are constantly renewed on very abstract but very current themes. It’s a masterpiece that I recommend to any of you.
Sylvain Lupari (2011)
Cet article est disponible en Français sur le site de Guts of Darkness, dont je suis chroniqueur sous le nom de Phaedream: http://www.gutsofdarkness.com/god/objet.php?objet=14678
Here's Steve Roach website: http://www.steveroach.com/
I find 2 links where you can watch et hear the music of Quiet Music: