1. Palace of Nectar 14:15
2. Oracle 20:06
3. Within the Mystic 15:52
4. Presence 11:47
5. Vortex Ring 11:51
1. Wren and Raven 14:49
2. The Otherworld 04:48
3. Wonderworld 09:07
4. Threshold 02:20
5. Dream Body 11:12
6. Slowly Dissolve 04:15
7. Womb of Night 02:42
8. Soulwave 11:00
9. Wordless 04:06
10. Nameless 09:29
1. Open Heart 04:38
2. Turn to Light 09:19
3. Shift the Dimension 03:46
4. This Moment is a Memory 05:44
5. This Moment is Another Memory 04:32
6. Slightly Below 02:28
7. Essence of Phaedra 02:45
8. Left Perfectly Alone 02:29
9. A Subtle Body Current 05:15
10. Personal Nature 10:36
11. Grounding Place 07:48
12. Turning Back 03:38
13. The Spiral of Time’s Fire Burns On 10:52
1. Piece of Infinity 01:13:46
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Stephen Hill, Hearts of Space Radio: 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.
On the 20th anniversary of Roach’s breathtaking album, Projekt collects all four parts into a single release — close to five hours of electronic ambient music.
Moving into the majestic realm of pure, non-rhythmic electro-acoustic soundworlds, these four discs are a milestone from a true artist of sound. His landmark statements — including Dreamtime Return, Magnificent Void and Structures from Silence — are all parts of the uninterrupted flow which built to this 2003 release. Roach’s awe-inspiring sonic immersion delves into a spiritual dimension of sound. This release offers a listening experience creating a new sense of ‘ambient orchestration’ through a constantly shifting flow of textures that enter a sacred realm of music.
Frank MacEowen, author of From the Celtic Dreamtime, The Mist-Filled Path, and Chasing The Deer: 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.
Darren Bergstein, e|i Magazine: 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.
Steve Davis, Neptune Currents, KKUP-FM: Steve Roach has created an ambient masterpiece: a varied collection of totally absorbing, immersive soundworlds, clearly a milestone in electronic music.
John Diliberto, Echoes: After dark descents into the abyss on The Magnificent Void and Midnight Moon, Steve Roach lightens up the textures a bit on Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces. It floats in a space of richly detailed but minutely shifting sound constructs that owe more to Gyorgy Ligeti and Mark Rothko than early Roach touchstones like Klaus Schulze and Salvador Dali. Roach is creating a free fall through space, less rooted in the pulsing techno-tribal sound of his 1990s music and more ecstatic in its evocations of something beyond. He carries you to groaning turgid depths then lifts you as electric guitar glides and synthesizers gurgle, shudder, and swell in an Aurora Borealis of sound.
• 4CD EcoWallet
• Limited edition of 1000
• 20th Anniversary rerelease
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 ten 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 thirteen pieces are poured.
Disc 4: Piece of Infinity
… It’s always there, this piece of infinity. A single longform space.