This body of work from Mr. Roach is definitely filed under Minimalism. If you like that genre, you will love this as I do. It's my all-time favorite work from Steve. It's full of floating bliss environments and slowly spinning atmospheres. It's a trip you have to take... I just wish all the artwork from the vintage physical release had been included.
“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
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
“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
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.
Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces
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 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.
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Now THIS is the ultimate Christmas-gift..! Deep, soothing, comforting, and above all: classic Steve! This will be on repeat a lot.. Hopefully this will come as a CD/vinyl-release as well! Thanks Steve and best wishes from the heart. Berkdrums