Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces, Parts 1 & 2
by John Diliberto, Echoes
June 2003


After dark descents into the abyss on THE MAGNIFICENT VOID and MIDNIGHT MOON, Steve Roach lightens up the textures a bit on the MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES. The mood harkens back to his influential 1984 release, STRUCTURES FROM SILENCE, but the atmospheres are more textured and layered while melody is virtually non-existent. And while Structures had a slow motion pulse, Mystic Chords hangs rhythm free. 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.


Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces, Parts 1 & 2

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Poster $5.00
CD  $22.98 
ON SALE, $19.00 
Complete 4-CD Set  $45.98 
ON SALE, $37.00 
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Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces, Parts 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

MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES is truly among the creme de la creme of Steve's distinct 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, each is a stand-alone musicscape experience. Yet, as a full collection MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES is nothing short of initiation, each disk building upon the energy of the previous one, opening out into vast domains and vistas, carrying us deep into subterranean realms of luminosity. MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES is a vibrant topography, a map leading us to the dwelling places of sentient and divine energy." -- Frank MacEowen, author of From the Celtic Dreamtime, The Mist-Filled Path, and Chasing The Deer

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, Parts 3 & 4

Poster $5.00
CD  $22.98 
ON SALE, $19.00 
Complete 4-CD Set CD  $45.98 
ON SALE, $37.00 
iTunes 
Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces, Parts 3 & 4
Steve Roach
2003 Projekt PRO143 (Poster, CD)
Reviewed by Sputnik Music

MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES is truly among the creme de la creme of Steve's distinct 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, each is a stand-alone musicscape experience. Yet, as a full collection MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES is nothing short of initiation, each disk building upon the energy of the previous one, opening out into vast domains and vistas, carrying us deep into subterranean realms of luminosity. MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES is a vibrant topography, a map leading us to the dwelling places of sentient and divine energy." -- Frank MacEowen, author of From the Celtic Dreamtime, The Mist-Filled Path, and Chasing The Deer

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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