The Magnificent Void album cover
The Magnificent Void

Steve Roach

1996
Fathom

Steve Roach’s varied work in electronics ranges from gentle warmth to forbidding sublimity, and with 1996’s The Magnificent Void he created one of his masterpieces in the latter category, holding a key place in the canon of his many listeners since. Created at a time when the concept of ‘dark ambient’ was starting to be more widely understood and interpreted worldwide, The Magnificent Void, besides having a title that couldn’t be more perfect, extended Roach’s love for his 1970s inspirations into the deepest of farthest space, a full trip and then some.

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