Steve Roach: Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces – part 1 (2CD)

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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.

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Disc 1 Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces
1 Palace of Nectar 14:15 | MP3 excerpt
2 Oracle 20:06 | MP3 excerpt
3 Within the Mystic 15:52
4 Presence 11:47
5 Vortex Ring 11:51 | MP3 excerpt

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

Moving into the majestic realm of pure, non-rhythmic electro-acoustic soundworlds, Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces is a stunning release marking a new milestone in Roach’s history as a true artist of sound. His landmark statements have been parts of the uninterrupted flow building to this release as Roach moves into awe-inspiring sonic immersion, delving into a spiritual dimension of sound. Nearly 5 years in the making, this release offers a true listening experience creating a new sense of ‘ambient orchestration’ through a constantly shifting flow of sounds and textures that enters a sacred realm of music.

“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

“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

“…the high frontier between deep listening music and the spirituality of pure sound.” – Stephen Hill, Hearts of Space radio


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 Artist

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

Additional information

Weight .4 lbs
Label

Projekt

Release Year

2003

Format

2-CD

Reviews

  1. reviews editor

    Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces, Texture Maps
    by Gianluigi Gasparetti, Deep Listenings
    July 2004

    TEXTURE MAPS gathers tracks from 1987 to 2003 through different stages of this artist’s life. It feels the echoes of distant times typical of DREAMTIME RETURN or QUIET MUSIC, where Roach explored wide, tuneful spaces in absolute lack of gravity, and the real sonorities chosen for the monumental MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES. Those two worlds are not independent; far from it they interpenetrate and enhance the link between the old and the new, and also testify the integrity of either the man or the artist along with his constant development, as well as his never-ending creativity.

    Often used as the linking material during concerts (“Artifact Ghost”, for instance, was chosen as the opening for the Due Acque concert), or as a deep atmosphere to put in “Timeroom” loop in order to shape the nights in the desert, these deeply static tracks come as fragments of a huge mosaic, the boundaries of which are no longer visible.

    Roach is way beyond our range of vision. He is the most advanced musician of the Ambient movement. If this is his “scrap” work, then it comes easy to get the reason for that. The long, epic genesis of MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES had Roach keeping himself in the Timeroom for months, as he got stricken by a rare, creative fever; it was his own inner flame that burnt away, and the consequent soundworlds pushed him to pursue the searching, to end up completely worn out by the rash of creativity, and to open new gaps.

    Superb sounds and atmosphere convoy into what can be looked at as the spiritual will of an artist who has always tried to share with us his own visions or the projects in his mind, and who has eventually overcome his own skills by wide-opening his heart in a most extreme way, in a final sacrifice, in a perfect act which has disclosed his unconscious engine-room door — the image of collective unconscious. Travelling through times and places belonging to the myth, Roach reached the depth of his own soul as well as ours. He saw things that only music can describe, and he brought those things back to us. It’s been quite a while since I last shuddered, since I was surprised by every single change of atmosphere, or since I shivered along with the air. These four records represent a sort of experience that transcends mere listening; they are sacred sculptures, or spaces of a new cathedral sound, or the keys to revealed truth. After such a work, Deep Music is bound to change. The king is dreaming. Let’s listen to him in religious silence.

  2. reviews editor

    Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces
    by Gilles Bedard
    April 2003

    A profound and majestic experience in silence and the sacredness of sound!

    Steve Roach’s new opus, MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES represents or should I rather say, is the essence of Steve’s music, a powerful statement of a human being on a relentless quest to the soul. From NOW to ALL IS NOW; STRUCTURES FROM SILENCE to DARKEST BEFORE DAWN through DREAMTIME RETURN, THE MAGNIFICENT VOID and STREAMS & CURRENTS; from EMPETUS to LIGHT FANTASTIC to CORE; WORLD’S EDGE to ORIGINS/ARTIFACTS to THE SERPENT’S LAIR, and ON THIS PLANET to TRANCE SPIRITS, not to say the least of his most intimate collaborations with Vidna Obmana, from WELL OF SOULS to INNERZONE, Steve’s ceaseless soundquest slowly but surely creates a deep, amazing and unique soundworld, a mind-altering visionary sonic landscape where time and space disappear, stripping away the unessential to reveal an eternal present, a piece of infinity!

    This album is a quantum leap for Steve, the turning point where the maze he previously used as a metaphor of his own soundquest manifests itself into an ascending spiral of sound and life, an intimate journey leading you to the center. (By the way, a first glimpse of this spiral was depicted on the cover image of STREAMS & CURRENTS!) This marks not only a new chapter in his music, but a totally new level, leading to new territories and deeper innerzones.

    MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES tunes our soul to the sound of the universe. Through the five hours of this album, the music becomes an organic, almost physical space, in a subtle yet perceived dimension. When the music is over, the silence is pregnant with life, with an energy field you can almost touch. More than listening to the music, surrender yourself and “be the sound.” It may reveal itself as the most poignant musical experience you will ever live!

    I’ve been using Steve’s music in Inerson’s workshops for the last 10 years. I have seen powerful catharsis and profound transformations in people. His music creates a space for one to be and feel whole, a place of healing in which one learns to break the illusion of being fragmented. As many would comment, “it opens a door within ourselves that not only shuts itself after you’ve crossed its threshold, but simply disappears behind, leading you to follow the call towards your soul within the sound.” Once one surrenders to its resonance, one finds the courage and determination to travel the path of profound transformation unfolding ahead, what Steve calls “the labyrinth of choices and consequences”.

    MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES is a milestone, a most important contribution to the contemplative music repertoire. It is an album that will still strongly resonate 25 years from now. Call it perennial music.

  3. reviews editor

    Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces
    by Frank MacEowen
    April 2003

    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.
    Arranged as a collection of four discs: “Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces”, “Labyrinth”, “Recent Future”, and “Piece of Infinity”, each disc is a stand-alone musicscape experience. Yet, as a full collection MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES is nothing short of initiation, each disc building upon the energy of the previous one, opening out into vast domains and vistas, carrying us deep into subterranean realms of luminosity.

    As a listener you will be guided through a potent inward journey of four soundworlds, each of which is rich, powerful, and distinct, yet woven together MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES becomes a profound sonic voyage of purification, gestation, birth, and culmination. On such a voyage we encounter the archetypal themes of death and rebirth, creation and transformation, the moist domains of inner earth, and the spinning fractal cathedrals of the celestial worlds beyond. There is an expression that says “the soul is a feathered thing.” Imbued with ancient memory, while simultaneously blazing new trails into the uncharted hinterlands of mind and space, MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES is where the feathered-soul finds her wind.

    If this is your first exposure to the genius of soundcurrent maestro Steve Roach, prepare yourself for a stirring ride — a series of memorable visits to parallel worlds; a multi-textured mosaic of images, sensations, and quickening feelings. These recordings are not mere “tunes” or “songs.” MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES is a vibrant topography, a map leading us to the dwelling places of sentient and divine energy.

    Good Journeys.

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