Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces (part 1) Special Edition
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On disc 1, (titled Mystic Chords and Sacred Spaces), we hear five long, expansive pieces that immerse the listener into a quiet yet satisfyingly complex environment devoid of rhythm, melody or harmony. All that is left are gorgeous, lush tones that wash over and through you in relentless waves of pure beauty.
Disc 2 is appropriately titled Labyrinth, and it has quickly become one of my favorite discs in all of the massive Steve Roach catalog of works. On this disc, Roach combines his distinctive musical talents with atmospheric sounds and gentle rhythms to carry the listener through his fantastically expansive and complex maze. In this labyrinth, you will actually twist and turn, doubling back on your path to hear echoes of places you've already visited and catch glimpses of what lies ahead on your journey. Repeated listening to this disc will reward you with a richer experience as the echoes and foreshadowing become more evident.
If you are able to find the complete four disc set, disc 3 (Recent Future) will present you with 13 connected tracks of shorter thematic pieces. Disc 4, (Piece of Infinity) is a single, 74 minute track of floating in boundless space; not dissimilar to Roach's Timeroom release: "Darkest Before Dawn" CD.
If you are a fan of the ambient genre, you can't help but be pleased with these wonderful, surreal sonic landscapes.
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.Read more ›
In many respects, the mammoth 4-four volume Mystic Chords and Sacred Spaces (which by the way took 4 years to complete) follows the same tenents as Structures and Darkest Before Dawn, yet proceeds to do so on a truly monumental scale. With this recording, the single biggest endeavor in his 25-year recording career thus far, Roach has also greatly expanded on the widescreen spacescapes of the The Magnificent Void and simultaneously stripped away virtually any melodic and rhythmic reference points in the process. For decades now, Roach has persistently proceeded along an astutely carved pathway constantly leading him toward a truly contemplative form of electronic music. This is the first true "symphony" of the 21st century, be it acoustic or electronically-generated, and as such with great artists, if Steve Roach hasn't been listed yet with the greatest minds in late 20th and now early 21st century music, it's time to do so.Read more ›
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I wonder if this masterpiece can even be given a rightful praise by any words? Oh well, I'll try my best. Interestingly enough, I received this album as a gift for my birthday. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Emil Karlsson
This is definitely up there with my favorite ambient experiences. Totally recommended in every way. Subtle and extremely immersive or just background music if you want it to be. Read morePublished on November 11, 2012 by Crank
I'm impressed at the sequencing; even when the other disc(s) can reiterate ideas and lead towards a cumulative numbing, the ambient journey rarely relents building... Read more
I was introduced to SR's Mystic Cords in 2001 (I think) via the Hearts of Space program (Check em out online) and I have listened to this disk several times a month since then... Read morePublished on September 13, 2009 by Fisher
some of the best beatless non-linear sounds i have heard. all 4 discs are great but disc 3 (recent future) is the best. Read morePublished on February 28, 2009 by dennis murphy
While this is excellent, the second double CD set is superb. Can't get it on this site, so look elsewhere. It looks the same. Read morePublished on November 5, 2007 by Andrew Dunham
If you like ambient music, this is a must-have composition that is 4 discs long. You can get discs 1 and 2 here, but to get the second half, disc 3 "Recent Future" and disc 4... Read morePublished on October 18, 2007 by Mike Smith
I bought the complete 4-CD set of "Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces" from Steve Roach's official web site, and as such, will review the entire thing. Read morePublished on September 30, 2007 by Lightning Hunter
This CD (along with part II) plays at a low level at my desk at work. It's great and never gets old!Published on September 30, 2007 by Derik99705
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