Enjoying baroque music at the moment. Can you Handel it?
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Steve Roach - The Magnificent Void
This album was a life-changing purchase for me in the 90s and I often return to it for inspiration (Infinite Shore and Altus are some of my favorite tracks in the genre). But I rarely find the time to listen to it from start to finish, in one listening. I did so this past weekend and it was a religious experience. I know some people consider this album to be over-hyped; I'm not one of those people.
Steve Roach & friends - The Ambient Expanse
Steve Roach - Mystic Chords and Sacred Spaces 2 ie parts 3 and 4.
Listening to the free download whilst amazon deliver the CD. It is wonderful.
Still a couple of recent things to check from this thread, however;
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Tallis Fantasia was aware of this composer but not sure if I had heard any music. Utterly gorgeous, just my kind of Classical and will research further.
Cheers to all who posted the music
As much as one part of me enjoys the minimalism and focus of these pieces and other newer Steve Roach releases (like 'Spiral Meditations'), I do miss the days where individual tracks would have more distinct developments and contrasting sections within them. I remember often loving the majestic gear shifts throughout some tracks on The Magnificent Void, Mystic Chords and Sacred Spaces, that album The Dream Circle, the Vir Unis and Vidna Obmana collaborations, and many others. But this isn't specific to Steve's output; I've noticed that a number of ambient artists I like tend to focus on one main 'idea' per track these days, whereas their past works often had more surprises and definite shifts within individual tracks.
I agree. Steve's music has gotten more abstract, formless over the years. I'm sure it's intentional, as he seems to be about impressionism and sound painting than structured melodic pieces like his older work.