Max Corbacho | BreathStream

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BreathStream

by Max Corbacho

"BreathStream" is a new series of seven atmospheric spaces built, as in the previous and highly acclaimed "The Talisman", with synthetic textures and floating harmonies.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. This Luminous Space
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2. Act of Light
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8:28 album only
3. The Great Breath
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12:51 album only
4. No Day Nor Night
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8:15 album only
5. No Form Nor Colour
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15:52 album only
6. Temple of Dissolution
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12:21 album only
7. Pure Being
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"BreathStream" is a new series of seven atmospheric spaces built, as in the previous and highly acclaimed "The Talisman", with synthetic textures and floating harmonies. Since the resplendent chords of "This Luminous Space" the contemplative nature of this work is evident, conforming a smooth journey through deep interior spaces, as if we were floating deeply immersed in a long, quiet, spacious breathing.

Expansive, drifting ambient zones - beatless, minimal. The series of compositions on Breath Stream are smooth, flowing sonic states that fade seamlessly one into another creating an unbroken listening experience. Airy drones and steady velvet washes gently rise and fall in graceful slow motion, the sound thickening into harmonious even tone in places, then dispersing into almost atonal enormity. At times the intensity of the music drops down low as if the listener were increasingly isolated, distant, remote - or perhaps simply more profoundly at rest, wholly immersed and almost motionless. Beguiling effects burble or flutter on the peripheries, little motes and flickers some barely perceived, sonic breezes drifting through the aural space.

MOOD The most pervasive mood here is one of almost blissful submission - a captivating serenity imbued with a sense of enveloping immensity. The track titles effectively draw together strands of galactic isolation and deeply personal inner experience - The Great Breath, This Luminous Space, No Day nor Night, Pure Being. Max's music suggests the tranquil euphoria of being suspended weightless among morphing luminous nebulae, warm clouds of shifting colour, beautiful dreams and faintly recalled memories.

ARTWORK The Breath Stream jewelcase is a deep, dark spacey blue package. Initially the main image appears as a view of infinite space - closer inspection reveals a horizon, one bright spiralling arm laid out like a flat plain stretching away into the distance. Above starlike clusters form further spirals, spirals of spirals - clusters of imaginary galaxies. Similar visuals fill the rear cover - an unobtrusive tracklist hanging in the upper left quadrant - times alongside. The two panel insert opens to display a closer view of the front cover image - here focussed on the foreground - a little like a glass bottomed boat to the universe. Information is minimal - credits to the left a quote from Vietnamese Monk Thich Nhat Hanh to the right - "Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts."

OVERALL Breath Stream builds upon the solid foundation laid down by Max Corbacho's previous release The Talisman. Coming now as the eighth release from this rising Spanish ambient star - the new album exhibits a formidable depth of sound unveiled with masterful restraint. Much of the music arose from long improvisational sessions utilising Max's collection of hardware synths, catching those moments of magic - selecting and arranging the most absorbing passages into unbroken flow. The album is to be the first of a series of digital releases, offering downloads at iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, eMusic and Napster, among others, and, also, full CD quality downloads through the well respected new download platform www.musiczeit.com. Catch some samples at the Musiczeit page.

WHO WILL LIKE THIS ALBUM If you enjoyed The Talisman then Breath Stream will take you further into the rapture and beauty of Max's enormous musical space. This is a release for fans of warm, inviting, minimal ambience with the soft sonic density of Thom Brennan, Numina and Steve Roach. No beats - just infinite space - effulgent, dark, rich in colour, perpetually black.

(Morpheus Music & The Mall Magazine)


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Kristian Persson

Spacious Breathing!
"BreathStream" is a new series of seven atmospheric spaces built, as in the previous and highly acclaimed "The Talisman", with synthetic textures and floating harmonies. Since the resplendent chords of "This Luminous Space" the contemplative nature of this work is evident, conforming a smooth journey through deep interior spaces, as if we were floating deeply immersed in a long, quiet, spacious breathing.

Simply outstanding!

Richard Gurtler

Max Corbacho is showcasing his bravura in creating pure atmospheric soundscapes!
I remember that I was quite disappointed back in December 2008 when this album came out, not because of its sonic or visual content, but because of the fact it was available as download only release. Fortunately, nearly one year later, at Nov 1st, 2009, my dreams came true when a CD version of "BreathStream" was released. Definitely a great move for all aficionados of physical items like me!!! Spanish master of free gliding tranquil ambience ignites the departure of this odyssey with "This Luminous Space", a graciously floating washes, here and there gently emphasized by fragilely swirling distant space rumblings and serenely cascading through various movements, but always keeping within its deeply relaxing, elegant and mesmerizing mood. "This Luminous Space" takes you to breathtakingly wonderful immense places!!! "Act Of Light" unfolds with few sharper space effects and deep monumental drone, gradually evolving into colossally fascinating soundwalls and precisely interacting with more peaceful adagios. A really big one, an exciting journey into the infinity continues!!! "The Great Breath" is slightly more organic, but again colored with ever-changing magnificent dreamscapes. "No Day Nor Night" immediately excels at its grandiose and tranquil waves, washing over the listener's head and navigating him/her into absolute sonic bliss. In the second half the composition is invaded by few disrupting moments, when some strange noises fly by, it's a fascinatingly beautiful excursion!!! "No Form Nor Colour" is the longest piece, reaching nearly 16-minute mark, and a rather more active, continuously progressing texture featuring also few natural sounds, but still richly intense and expertly layered. "Temple Of Dissolution" is another masterpiece that promptly left me breathless with its grandiose, spiraling ambience, spectacularly evoking spatial emptiness and loneliness. Could be a "creme de la creme" of this album!!! A great moment of interplanetary exploration awaits!!! "Pure Being" is closing this utterly captivating and immersing audio journey with more euphoric, dreamy finale. Really gorgeous cover artwork magnificently displays this lifelong experience too. A giant performance by Max Corbacho, showcasing his bravura in creating pure atmospheric soundscapes, a landmark recording in space ambient genre!!! And "Ars Lucis" was yet to come...

Richard Gürtler (Apr 01, 2012, Bratislava, Slovakia)