Disc 2 Labyrinth
1 Wren and Raven 14:49 | MP3 excerpt
2 The Otherworld 4:48
3 Wonderworld 9:07 | MP3 excerpt
4 Threshold 2:20
5 Dream Body 11:12 | MP3 excerpt
6 Slowly Dissolve 4:15
7 Womb of Night 2:42 | MP3 excerpt
8 Soulwave 11:00
9 Wordless 4:06
10 Nameless 9:29
This is Part One, containing Disc 1 + Disc 2
Also available: The Complete Edition | The full four disc set. Part 1 and Part 2 (in the same double digipaks as below) at a special combination price.
“Abandoning all conventional notions of music as melody, harmony and rhythm, Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces allows the listener blissful hours on the high frontier between deep listening music and the spirituality of pure sound.” – Stephen Hill, Hearts of Space Radio
Moving into the majestic realm of pure, non-rhythmic electro-acoustic soundworlds, Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces is a stunning 2-CD release marking a new milestone in Roach’s history as a true artist of sound. His landmark statements – including Dreamtime Return, Magnificent Void and Structures from Silence – are all parts of the uninterrupted flow building to this release. After a recent run of rhythmically fused CDs, Roach moves into awe-inspiring sonic immersion, delving into a spiritual dimension of sound. Nearly 5 years in the making, this release offers a listening experience beyond entertainment and pop culture appeals, creating a new sense of ‘ambient orchestration’ through a constantly shifting flow of sounds and textures that enters a sacred realm of music.
|Disc 1: Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces||… The sacred and divine aspects of sound are the heart and soul of these five innerconnected pieces.|
|Disc 2: Labyrinth||… The path through the labyrinth is one of choices and consequences. These nine soundworlds were drawn from the metaphor of the labyrinth and the passing from one ring to the next, reaching the center.
|Disc 3: Recent Future||… Time, memory, reflection, future dreamings and the places in between are the broth of life from which these pieces are poured.|
|Disc 4: Piece of Infinity||… It’s always there, this piece of infinity. A single longform space.
“…the high frontier between deep listening music and the spirituality of pure sound.”
– Stephen Hill, Hearts of Space radio
As a pioneer of ambient-atmospheric-electronic music, internationally-renowned artist Steve Roach has dedicated nearly three decades to exploring myriad soundworlds that connect with a timeless source of inspiration. From the expansive, time-suspending spaces reflecting his spiritual home in Arizona to the fire breathing, rhythmic-shamanic expressions woven from all things electric and organic, Roach has earned his position in the global pantheon of major new music artists through a long list of groundbreaking recordings fueled by his prolific nature and uncompromising approach.
“Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces is truly among the creme de la creme of Steve’s work. It is an astonishing series of recordings. At times I found myself facing the darkest of the dark in the collective unconscious. Just as I thought I had reached the edge of where I could go in my voyaging, a tonal shift would occur and carry me into a delicious and heart-achingly beautiful space of unparalleled hope and faith. These recordings are both initiatory, and a veritable soul-retrieval in this time of widespread soul loss. In essence, this is healing sound.” – Frank MacEowen, author of From the Celtic Dreamtime, The Mist-Filled Path, and Chasing The Deer
“A cinematic epic for the ear. In his grand, monastic nature, Roach scatters all notions of ambient to the four winds, leaving in its wake what must be the sounds of the temporal void itself, escaping with subtle velocity. It is to gape in awe.” – Darren Bergstein, e|i Magazine
“Steve Roach has created an ambient masterpiece: a varied collection of totally absorbing, immersive soundworlds, clearly a milestone in electronic music.” – Steve Davis, Neptune Currents, KKUP-FM