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Steve Roach, Byron Metcalf, Mark Seelig
2008 Projekt PRO222 (CD)
Reviewed by e/i magazine, Electroambient Space, Guts Of Darkness, Musique Machine, Sonic Curiosity
NADA TERMA merges the boundaries of ambient, world music and sacred-meditative styles. On NADA TERMA (translated as "discovering spiritual treasures through the world of sound") East Indian tonalities blend with Sufi-like trance percussion immersed in atmospheres, drifts and drones, arriving at a state of relaxed, focused awareness. The continuously-woven 73-minute piece is sequenced into seven discrete segments, perfect for any listener looking for extended states of awareness, creative enhancement, yoga, bodywork, and deep listening.
Following upon the groundbreaking work of 2006's MANTRAM, NADA TERMA is the second Projekt collaboration between Arizona's Steve Roach and Byron Metcalf with Germany's Mark Seelig. On NADA TERMA they reach deeper into the mystical / spiritual realm, presenting a blend of diverse worlds skillfully combined in an organic fashion. Deep-trance frame drums, clay pots and percussion meet with harmonic overtone vocals (akin to Tuvan throat singers) and the yearning sounds of the stringed Indian Dilruba, and East Indian bansuri flute, bringing a melodic and spiritual-contemplative highlight to the release. All of this exists within an enigmatic world of shadow and shifting light developed by way of artful enhancements and processing of the acoustic instruments. These complements are part of a constant, slowly breathing subtext of drones and atmospheres in which the entire experience lives.
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Steve Roach, Byron Metcalf, Mark Seelig
2004 Projekt PRO160 (CD)
Reviewed by Amazon.com, e|i magazine, Hypnagogue, Morpheus Music
Like the living, breathing, meditative movement of the Sufi trance dance, MANTRAM is grounded in a reverence for the slowing of time which allows the natural reflective process to emerge. Slow heartbeat-like acoustic frame drum, overtone voice, Didgeridoo, Bansuri flute, and Tamboura drones mix with a majestic tapestry of organic electronic textures, offering the sonic equivalent of the power found when gazing into timeless Mandala images found in classic sacred art. The entire CD holds a consistent interconnected feeling that seems to spiral outwards when experienced in repeat playback.
|1. ||One||MP3||14:54|| |
|2. ||Two||MP3||8:24|| |
|3. ||Three||MP3||3:54|| |
|4. ||Four||MP3||3:38|| |
|5. ||Five||MP3||14:12|| |
|6. ||Six||MP3||11:34|| |
|7. ||Seven||MP3||10:35|| |
|8. ||Eight||MP3||6:21|| |
|Tree of Life|
Loren Nerell, Mark Seelig
2014 Projekt PRO299 (CD)
Loren and Mark's electro-acoustic debut merges the ambient soundworlds of Southeast Asia, North & South America with the spiritual influences of Bali and India. One part droney soundscape, one part tribal deliberation, and one part ethnological exploration,TREE OF LIFE expands into a transformative experience. Loren's deep understanding of Balinese music, coupled with his expertise in sound engineering, effortlessly complements Mark's Bansuri flutes and harmonic overtone vocals and chants. Supported by Sarangi maestro Pankaj Mishra from India, and up-and-coming percussionist Max Link from Germany, the release follows up on ideas sparked during Loren and Mark's first time on stage together at the 2010 SoundQuest Fest in Tucson, Arizona.
|1. ||Wacah Chan||MP3|| |
|2. ||Cintamani||MP3|| |
|3. ||Yggdrasil||MP3|| |
|4. ||Kayon||MP3|| |
|5. ||Acacia||MP3|| |
|6. ||Arbor Vitae||MP3|| |
Mark Seelig (with Steve Roach)
DISCIPLE is Mark Seelig's first solo project after his powerful contributions on MANTRAM and the WACHUMA'S WAVE project. On this beautiful and meditative CD, Mark fully immerses himself into the traditional Indian Raga styles through his flute and voice overtoning, Guest musicians from India join Mark as do Byron Metcalf on percussion and overall production. Steve provides tambora-inspired analog drones and mastering. The music on the album reflects Mark's 23 years of being a disciple, an initiated seeker. Recorded in three countries -- India, Germany, and the U.S. -- DISCIPLE mirrors Mark's long-lasting connection to these lands.
|1. ||Call of the Divine (based on Raga Bihag)||MP3||14:11|| |
|2. ||Initiation (based on Raga Jhinjoti)||MP3||20:34|| |
|3. ||On the Path (based on Raga Khamaj)||MP3||12:30|| |
|4. ||Awakening (based on Raga Bageshri)||MP3||19:11|| |