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Byron Metcalf / Mark Seelig / Steve Roach | Nada Terma

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Nada Terma

by Byron Metcalf / Mark Seelig / Steve Roach

Merging the boundaries of ambient, world music and sacred-meditative style
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Nada Terma 1
6:00 album only
2. Nada Terma 2
11:31 album only
3. Nada Terma 3
4:48 album only
4. Nada Terma 4
5:11 album only
5. Nada Terma 5
16:30 album only
6. Nada Terma 6
12:15 album only
7. Nada Terma 7
17:07 album only


Album Notes
A review from Electroambient Space:
I thoroughly enjoyed Roach & Metcalf on their collaborations Serpent’s Lair and Mantram, so I was really looking forward to their latest, Nada Terma, and it does not disappoint. Low drones and something like eerie sitar music lend an otherworldly feel to the first of seven parts that play as one continuous piece of music. World and ambient music are fused together harmoniously as wood flutes, clay pots, overtone vocals, and of course Steve’s various treatments combine into a unified whole. The album is similar to Mantram in that it goes very deep, practically demanding the listener reach a different plane of consciousness. Each track is called an excerpt rather than a part, further emphasizing the intended continuous listening experience. Until tribal drums arrive in the fourth passage, the music evolves incredibly slowly, but once change comes it comes boldly, the drums bleating insistently and continuing into part five, which becomes more intense and dramatic. Things calm a bit in the sixth excerpt as flutes return, and further still on the 17-minute closing section which makes for a soothing relaxing finish.

A review from Sonic Curiosity:
This release from 2008 features 73 minutes of extreme ambience in a shamanistic vein.

Metcalf plays frame drums, earth drum, udu, clay pot, seed pods, and harmonic-overtone voice. Seelig plays bansuri flute, dilruba, and harmonic-overtone voice. Roach contributes drones, zones and atmospheres.

Moody textures generate a reverent mien of the type that stretch a moment into an eternity, but that stasis is embellished with haunting airs that rise from the murky pool of sound like antediluvian spirits who have come to impart cosmic wisdom through their august presence. Exotic strings flavor the accumulating mists with a taste of melancholic human aspirations, which periodically becomes subdued by the tonal divinity of an expansive void that remains a constant foundation throughout the composition.

Vaporous flutes wander through the seething tonalities, conjuring wistful emotions to the surface of the listener's mind. The psychic heart aches from their softly passionate refrain.

When the primitive percussives make their appearance, their beats are languid and studied, designed to ground any straying focus and goad it into a primal state of consciousness. These tempos never quite achieve a tribal mode, remaining pensive and churning thoughts into a passive sine wave, abetting receptivity to mysteries held fast in the mental depths. Shakers (i.e.: seed pods) introduce an expectant agitation to the music's ceremonial motif. An electronic presence lends a growling undercurrent that enhances this numinous quest.

While primarily ethereal in definition, the undulant threads provide ample substance, transforming this ambient excursion into a vibrant sonic experience.

A review from Sonic Immersion:
“Nada Terma” is the second collaborative effort between Byron Metcalf, Mark Selig & Steve Roach after their successful album “Mantram” (2006). “Nada Terma” (meaning: the world of sounds reveals spiritual treasures) is a continuous 73-minute voyage split in seven segments, venturing into deeper mysterious lands, in which elements of world- ambient- and meditative music meet. Minimal in nature, various trance percussion, immersive, slow drifting dronescapes, Indian Dilruba and occasional overtone singing blend in a sonic pool that breaths both contemplation and mysticism. At times, the quiet, slowly whirling soundscapes could even be an instrumental interlude from a Loreena McKennitt or Peter Gabriel album.

All in all, “Nada Terma” is an organic work for deep listening and relaxation, dwelling in spirals of spiritual/mystic realms. - Bert Strolenberg



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