Novus Magnificat: Through the Stargate

Novus Magnificat: Through the Stargate

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by Constance Demby
     
 
In the mid-1980s, the New Age movement was busting loose. Spiritual channels and psychics predicted a major shift in consciousness. Spacemusic composer Constance Demby, who usually performed in concert with hammered dulcimer and gigantic bowed steel instruments, embraced the new MIDI technologies that offered virtually unlimited

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In the mid-1980s, the New Age movement was busting loose. Spiritual channels and psychics predicted a major shift in consciousness. Spacemusic composer Constance Demby, who usually performed in concert with hammered dulcimer and gigantic bowed steel instruments, embraced the new MIDI technologies that offered virtually unlimited digitally sampled sounds at the touch of a keystroke. Demby created a monumental symphonic spacemusic album featuring sampled pipe organ, string orchestra, soloists, cathedral choir, and percussion, all swirled together with starstruck sound effects. The album begins with a delightful organ fantasia (more playful than a Bach toccata) as choral voices raise the celestial rafters. A solo cello soars contemplatively, then amid starry chimes, french horns signal the arrival at new plateaus of sound. When these "gates" finally open, the music becomes radiant. Through streaming light, the organ delicately begins a cosmic whirlpool that pulls the heavens down into your ears.

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All Music Guide - Carol Wright
This two-part album of symphonic space music by Constance Demby is a must-have. Divinely inspired? Probably so; for those who believe in Fate, the timing of its release was in alignment with the arrival of the Harmonic Convergence. Demby, with her years on the road with an experimental music group, was used to creating massive spiritual works: large sounds, unusual instruments, and broad scopes. Novus Magnificat was her first album produced with her 16-track studio using digital sampling technology. Here, she had all the voices of the orchestra and choir at her fingertips, and she used all 16 tracks (and then some) to complete the composition. The music is in two parts: part one is like wandering the halls of heaven before the Big Event. Choir sounds bounce from cloud formations, and redemption seems at hand. Though Demby sets an overall path of sound, rhapsodic cul-de-sacs appear like intimate and sacred shrines. Part two begins with a Bach-like organ piece, which creates fascinating inner structures. Demby then takes you through long hallways; angels sing nearby, melodies tug at your heart, space winds clean away cobwebs of the mind. Trumpets begin their heralding calls, an organ sings in anticipation, choirs rejoice, harps fly, shooting stars sparkle. Peak builds on crescendo until ultimately, the cosmos split open and the whole universe joyously avalanches through with the angels enjoying the ride. This awe-inspiring and breathtaking anointment is worth playing on a good sound system. Crank up the sound, place yourself between the speakers, and allow yourself the gift of this music. Space music composer Michael Stearns contributed special celestial sonic effects.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/1991
Label:
Hearts Of Space
UPC:
0025041100328
catalogNumber:
11003
Rank:
101743

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Novus Magnificat: Through the Stargate 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Space_Monkey More than 1 year ago
A great composition! Space music at its' best. Great for meditation and relaxation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago