Radiant Mind / Steve Roach — Heliosphere
(Soundquest Music SR04, 2019, CD / DL)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2019-04-10
Radiant Mind is a soundscape and meditation music artist who prefers to exist in relative anonymity, but we suspect his real name is Robert Englis. On his first two releases Sense (2012) and Strands (2014), ambient pioneer Steve Roach was credited wih production, mastering, sonic enhancements, loops and sound processing and even photography on the latter one, though Radiant Mind is the one credited with analog and virtual analog synths. Heliosphere is the first time that the two artists’ names have appeared together on the work, both contributing synthesizers, with Roach mixing, arranging, and producing, and mastering by Howard Givens of Spotted Peccary Studios. The eight parts within this extended sonic journey offer a glacially slow evolution of ambient loops with muted melodies just under the surface; you will hear some of the tones outright, others will sort of be implied within the absence of other sounds, though on the later tracks the underlying melodics are a bit more pronounced, like massive widescreen chords that go far beyond just interesting, pulling the listener all the way into this vast lucid soundworld. The experience can be taken in a number of different ways, both as background sound, or as a total immersion – headphones, lights out, the whole nine yards. The compositions are titled simply – “Sphere 1” through “Sphere 8” – yes, the track titles are not that imaginative, but don’t let that sway you from listening, they could have just as easily called this one continuous 66 minute piece, and it would have made little difference other than at a few points where the sound fades to black; it envelops the listener for the entire duration, one can’t escape, nor would one want to!
Related artist(s): Steve Roach
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more