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Tracks:1 Gray and Purple 2 Artifact Ghost 3 - 4 - 5 Spiral Triptych 6 Bottomless 2 7 Quiet Sun 8 Soul Light Total time 73.32
Reading the map...
1 Gray and Purple - 1987 - This pivotal piece was recorded live in the studio the same week as “Looking for Safety” from Dreamtime Return. In listening now I can feel how it was forecasting the oncoming contrasted harmonic climates that would become most realized on Magnificent Void and Mystic Chords. The shift from the serene nature of Quiet Music and Structures From Silence is clear on this recording.
2 Artifact Ghost - 1993 - This atmosphere has continued to haunt me from the moment it was made. It first was heard supporting the momentum of the rhythmic forms on Artifacts and Well Of Souls. This pure version was used as a “walk in” atmosphere for many concerts around this time. While it’s around nine minutes on this CD, the original length was 90 minutes. I found the circular - spiraling - aspect of this steady state space especially effective when it was played in continuous low volume loop playback in the house for many days and nights around this time.
3, 4, 5 Spiral Triptych - 2001 - These three interconnected spaces are part of a large collection of unreleased zones that shaped the direction of the Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces project early on.
6 Bottomless 2 - 1999 - An alternate mix of a piece featured on a compilation for the Hypnos label. It is poured from a similar material that made The Magnificent Void and created around this same time.
7 Quiet Sun - 2003 - 8 Soul Light - 2003 - These two spaces are a few of the many created live in the studio after Mystic Chords was complete. The creative momentum continued pulling me deeper in as I was coming back up to the surface upon the official conclusion of the 4 Mystic CD's. The pieces kept coming, and this one in particular feels like a fitting bookend in relationship to the opening piece from 1987, “Gray and Purple.”
Towards a new map... Steve Roach October 2003