"The Immersion series is the latest in a line of distinguished long-form ambient works from Roach, and like those that have gone before it will completely envelop you in its subtle shifting sonic sensory stimulation. No rhythm, no melody, just floating ethereal layers, rolling gently over each other as approaching fog, the misty layers in varying shades of grey. The end result is a soothing wall of soft sound that thoroughly relaxes and satisfies. Immersion indeed." - ElectroAmbient Space
The second in an ongoing series of atmospheric zones by master sound painter Steve Roach, Immersion:Two presents a subtle shift from the luminous steady state harmonic current of Immersion:One [Projekt, February 2006]. On this 73-minute longform soundscape, a sinuous weblike mist seems to emanate from the speakers. Mysterious yet calm, this is the perfect sound environment for the deeper hours after midnight or anytime a quiet, engulfing audio landscape is desired. If Nag Champa or Sandalwood incense has a sound this might be it.
Steve Roach's Immersion series is especially effective at low volume playback levels as the non-dynamic nature of this soundworld can support creative states, sleeping as well as reading and other functions where "music" is considered invasive (for example yoga, meditation, massage, or any other activity that calls upon the art of blending). Presented as a continuous zone with no real beginning or end, this 73 minute space is even more effective in dissolving the sense of linear time by simply activating repeat mode on the CD player and letting it play all day and night at a quiet volume level.
"(Immersion is) useful to help the brain switch from the alarming brutalities of day-to-day audio abuses by filling your airspace with background aural opium. It is especially captivating when you’re aware of what you’re hearing. Played when falling asleep or relaxing in your room with headphones and eyes closed, Immersion: One produces a controlled environ and is therapeutic in every way. It’s pure ambient sound with no filler." - MusicTap.net
A review from Echoes:
Steve Roach makes music that moves outside of conventional time and space. As when small pebbles are tossed in a placid pond, his subtle changes have monumental effects, because the dynamics have been lowered and time stretched to the edge. That's why, at about the 23-minute mark of this 73-minute ambient opus, it's such a shock when a low growl--like slow-motion waves--breaks across the speakers. "Artifact Ghost," the only composition on Immersion: Two, is another of Roach's long-form works, harkening back to Structures from Silence but without even that album's distended melodic sway. As a gentle Twilight Zone-like siren sound wafts its way in the far distance, Roach does a slow dive into a music of deep viscosity. With sounds rustling like insects prattling in the eaves and the wind brushing branches against the window, "Artifact Ghost" will either scare you out of your pants or take you out of your body. On Immersion: Two, Steve Roach continues to make a rarefied sound as the Mark Rothko of electronic music. -John Diliberto