Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces
by Gilles Bédard
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.


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Poster $5.00
Part 1 CD  $23.00 
ON SALE, $17.00 
Complete 4-CD Set CD  $46.00 
ON SALE, $28.00 
iTunes 
Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces
Part 1 (Discs 1 & 2)

Steve Roach
2003 Projekt PRO142 (Poster, CD)
Reviewed by Hannah M.G. Shapero, Frank MacEowen, Gilles Bédard, Jim Brenholts, Ambient Musings, Beneath the Icy Floe, Deep Listenings, Disquiet, Echoes, Eclectic Earwig Reviews, Electroambient Space, e|i magazine, Morpheus Music, Sonic Curiosity, Sputnik Music, Synth Music Direct, Wind and Wire

Moving into the majestic realm of pure, non-rhythmic electro-acoustic soundworlds, MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES is a stunning 4-CD release marking a new milestone in Roach's history as a true artist of sound. His landmark statements -- including DREAMTIME RETURN, THE MAGNIFICENT VOID and STRUCTURES FROM SILENCE -- are all parts of the uninterrupted flow building to this release. After a recent run of rhythmically fused CD's, 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.

"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

Note: The 4-Disc Set has an extra $3 shipping charge for deliveries outside the U.S. and Canada.

 
Disc 1: Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces
1. Palace of NectarMP314:15 
2. OracleMP320:06 
3. Within the MysticMP315:52 
4. PresenceMP311:47 
5. Vortex RingMP311:51 
Disc 2: Labyrinth
1. Wren and RavenMP314:49 
2. The OtherworldMP34:48 
3. WonderworldMP39:07 
4. ThresholdMP32:20 
5. Dream BodyMP311:12 
6. Slowly DissolveMP34:15 
7. Womb of NightMP32:42 
8. SoulwaveMP311:00 
9. Wordless 4:06 
10. NamelessMP39:29 

Poster measures 12" x 17".


Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces

Part 2 CD  $23.00 
ON SALE, $17.00 
Complete 4-CD Set CD  $46.00 
ON SALE, $28.00 
iTunes 
Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces
Part 2 (Discs 3 & 4)

Steve Roach
2003 Projekt PRO143 (CD)
Reviewed by Sputnik Music

A cinematic epic for the ears, part 2 of MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES builds upon the swirling currents and massive harmonic landscapes established on part 1. On the first disc of part 2 (titled "Recent Future"), Roach creates a state of constant becoming: soundscapes shift and morph in perpetual motion as one space dissolves away only to reveal the next compelling place. This realm of unresolved, suspended beauty reaches a high plateau setting the stage for the final disc's departure into a single long form track, perfectly titled "Piece of Infinity." The serene, mysterious atmosphere of the 74-minute space completes the tour de force MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES.

Moving into the majestic realm of pure, non-rhythmic electro-acoustic soundworlds, MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES is a stunning 4-CD release marking a new milestone in Roach's history as a true artist of sound. His landmark statements -- including DREAMTIME RETURN, THE MAGNIFICENT VOID and STRUCTURES FROM SILENCE -- are all parts of the uninterrupted flow building to this release. After a recent run of rhythmically fused CD's, 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.

"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

Note: The 4-Disc Set has an extra $3 shipping charge for deliveries outside the U.S. and Canada.

 
Disc 3: Recent Future
1. Open HeartMP34:38 
2. Turn to LightMP39:19 
3. Shift the DimensionMP33:46 
4. This Moment is a MemoryMP35:44 
5. This Moment is Another MemoryMP34:32 
6. Slightly BelowMP32:28 
7. Essence of PhaedraMP32:45 
8. Left Perfectly AloneMP32:29 
9. A Subtle Body CurrentMP35:15 
10. Personal NatureMP310:36 
11. Grounding PlaceMP37:48 
12. Turning BackMP33:38 
13. The Spiral of Time's Fire Burns OnMP310:52 
Disc 4: Piece of Infinity
1. Piece of InfinityMP373:49 



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