Max Corbacho | The Ocean Inside

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The Ocean Inside

by Max Corbacho

With this awesome album Corbacho portrays a very personal and introspective journey divided in two parts: one in his now classical melodic and cosmic style full of beauty and dreams and the other one introducing a deeper and a bit darker scenario surrounded by massive amounts of pads and drones that takes us to the dephts of serenity, like laying in the ground of an infinite ocean. In the end, this album is just an acurated soundtrack of every human soul.
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1. Nest of Tempests
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10:39 album only
2. Surface Thought
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4:38 album only
3. Web of Eyes
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6:46 album only
4. Offshore Currents
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7:29 album only
5. A Place of Discovery
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2:34 album only
6. The Endless Flame
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8:18 album only
7. Tidal Memory
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4:04 album only
8. Towards the Bottomless Sea
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29:31 album only
9. Dive In
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2:15 album only
10. Shoreless Ocean
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12:47 album only
11. Awaken Inside
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15:51 album only
12. Deep Blue Home
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8:55 album only
13. Islandless Expanse
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14. Deeper Into the Ocean
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24:09 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes

Max Corbacho returns with a new work, this time as a double album, which again immerse ourselves into touching atmospheric ambient realms of pure beauty. The Ocean Inside is a paradise of lush, cascading long chords, as oceanic waves, back and forth, in an eternal flow of shifting tones and spiraling harmonies. This is music aimed at energy, emotional and mind levels, for listeners who love deep, meditative ambient music. The album is presented in a two disc, deluxe 6 panel Digipack.

This long awaited new album presents an immersive flow of emotional soundworlds and harmonic structures that bring us to the depths of the inner ocean.

With this awesome album Corbacho portrays a very personal and introspective journey divided in two parts: one in his now classical melodic and cosmic style full of beauty and dreams and the other one introducing a deeper and a bit darker scenario surrounded by massive amounts of pads and drones that takes us to the dephts of serenity, like laying in the ground of an infinite ocean. In the end, this album is just an acurated soundtrack of every human soul.

In Max words:

More than two years ago I started this project from a Eastern concept that has always been present in my work: the analogy that exists between the mind as an ocean, with constantly changing waves at the surface, and the inner stillness and silence at the depths. It is from this seed that brings me to the concept of "Oceanic", the word from which I have been developed each of the parts that make up the album. During the creation of these pieces, I tried to go as deep as I could into this bottomless ocean depths. The Ocean Inside is the record of that dive into the depths, the witness that what matters is not how deep you can go, but the experience of that moment.

Review from Sonicimmersion.org:

After quite a quite a long hiatus, Spanish ambient composer Max Corbacho is back with double album of expertly crafted atmospheric ambient pieces, clocking over 140 minutes.

Bearing the subtitle "slow movements from the depths", Mr Corbacho takes his listeners on an epic and stellar soundscape journey with a vast range of extensive, highly immersive flows and currents.

There’s a beautiful ebb and flow shifting through the emotive and profound ethereal sound paintings, taking the listener out into the spectacular of wide open, constantly shifting spaces which lack any melody.

This uninterrupted smooth alchemy of ambient/space sound architecture connects with the massive sound worlds Mr Roach was known for many years. This accomplished Spanish musician jumped on the power trail of drift music where Steve seems to have lost quite a bit of his magic in recent years, ending each disc with a long dreamy track.

All in all, the long form and beatless "The Ocean Inside" is gently evolving, pure atmospheric bliss evoking a beautiful sense of wonder and awe. This excellently produced and mastered ascent into the deep blue depth is highly recommended.


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Max Corbacho - The Ocean Inside

Max Corbacho - The Ocean Inside
STYLE
January 2013
Long-form drifting, beatless ambience.
The Ocean Inside wells up out of silence in silken mists of tone that imperceptibly condense into an immense ocean of sound that surrounds you before you know it. The initial feeling is warm and softly wondrous; a sense of floatation is well established and you are immersed, carried willingly by tides unnoticed. Tracks segue seamlessly from one into another and so the experience is unbroken, constant, pervasive. Shifts in tone or character are subtle: brighter string sounds introducing currents of sharper intensity; deep atonal pads suggesting descent; choral hints inviting reverie. The seventh track on disc one eventually fades away into silence - allowing the final piece to stand somewhat alone - almost half an hour in length Towards The Bottomless Sea is a velvety minimal tidal impression of great delicacy drawing the meditative nature of this album to an impressive slow-motion conclusion. Disc two continues where disc one leaves off: further exploration of fluid enormity and buoyancy developing this restful opus into near-total absorption.

ARTWORK
A matt-finish double-disc digipack; The Ocean Inside is drenched in deep night blue hues throughout. The subtle panorama that is revealed when all three panels are spread out suggests a body of water of indeterminate extent. Touches of light dapple the lower parts whilst faint beams gently illuminate the higher regions. Text is unobtrusive: titles on the rear with track times alongside; credits on the remaining outer section. Within, nothing disturbs the smooth watery expanse of colour except a single repetition of the title.

OVERALL
The Ocean Inside is the eleventh solo album from Spanish ambient master Max Corbacho. Released via his own ad21 label, this double album sees Max demonstrating the tranquil immensity that this genre can encompass when at its best. The aural equivalent to a vast, vast colourfield painting, The Ocean Inside fills your mental space with densely saturated morphing zones that extend for almost two and a half hours in total. Most pieces are of medium length ranging from four minutes to almost sixteen; the recordings that conclude each disc however are of greater length - twenty-nine minutes thirty-one seconds and twenty-four minutes eight seconds respectively. Max himself says of the music: "More than two years ago I started this project from an Eastern concept that has always been present in my work: the analogy that exists between the mind as an ocean, with constantly changing waves at the surface, and the inner stillness and silence at the depths." You can hear the music at Max's official website where there are a range of purchase and download links.

Richard Gurtler

A must have for all connoisseurs of pure atmospheric seascaping reveries!!!
Announced longer time ago as possibly the most ambitious project, has became the reality during December, 2012. Yes, "The Ocean Inside" is a monstrous double CD recording by Spanish drifting aficionado Max Corbacho, released by ad21 label and packaged in gorgeous 6-panel digipak (designed by Manuela Márquez). I still clearly remember those magical moments while journeying with "Ars Lucis" through the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Denis and being fascinated by its breathtakingly monumental gracefulness. "Light-Matrix Portal" was the key that opened these magical gates and since then I was wondering if Max will be able to top this extraordinary achievement. What a challenge!!! Here comes the answer...

I am leaving the cathedral and heading towards the coastal panoramas to experience another fascinating odyssey, a journey of exploring all the natural wonders of the spectacular underwater world. Disc one starts and "Nest Of Tempests" invades. Quietly floating and expanding washes are unfolded and interact with more intense phases, but always gorgeously gracious!!! "Surface Thought" gets more grandiose and cascades through wealthy dramatic and slightly dissonant passages. "Web Of Eyes" dives to lower droney depths, where the sunlight can no longer penetrate, but these shadowy realms are magnificently illuminated by bioluminescent species. "Offshore Currents" hold its eerie, quite mysterious touch, emphasized by assorted distant swirls and disruptive fragments. All evoking an adventurous exploration of shipwreck laying at the bottom of the ocean. With the next, shorter transitional composition, "A Place Of Discovery", we are leaving underwater shipwreck cemetery and gently floating towards quieter territories of "The Endless Flame". Soothingly floating and ebbing, but immensely spreading soundscapes could easily accompany the cruising majestic giant oceanic manta rays, precisely portraying their gracefully gliding moves through the deepwater zones. Gorgeous!!! Seascapes on "Tidal Memory" are throughout flavored by assorted sonic outbursts, buzzes and other fragments. The closing "Towards The Bottomless Sea" is the longest piece on this set reaching 29 and a half minute mark. Its soothing washes are meandering through the most sublime faint depths, where only limited sunlight penetrates and continuously submerging into the darker zone, only interrupted by the bizarre light spectacle produced by the creatures themselves. The track title precisely fits the atmosphere and glowing aquatic experience is awaiting!!!

Disc two reveal with "Dive In", shorter intro, setting the mood for another intensifying underwater exhibition. Slightly more dramatic when comparing to the finale of the first part. "Shoreless Ocean" spreads promptly into gracefully serene dimensions, smoothly cascading and surrounded by few dissonant noises, squeaks and tinkling swirls. "Awaken Inside" starts and the Spanish magician of the pure atmospherics is excelling. Ultra tranquil, but more massive soundwaves are flowing, expanding and unfolding into the most spectacular and majestic underwater sceneries. We are swimming through the crystal clear water above a pristine and lushly colored coral gardens, this must be one of the few undisturbed places that have survived in its purest state of nature. Nearly 16 minutes of sheer atmospheric beauty, "Awaken Inside" is a Hall of Famer!!! But this graceful journey continues through "Deep Blue Home", slightly more dramatic textured composition, when some sharks cruising over the sand bottom can be witnessed too. "Islandless Expanse" remains in the sand covered seabed, graciously voyaging along the sunlight illuminating the tranquil sea depths. The closing composition "Deeper Into The Ocean" is again a longer one, clocking over 24 minutes. Quietly floating, less massive drifts invade, here and there submerging into more intense and monumental layers, into the dark zone. Low, rumbling drones enter this shadowy zone for the closing third. A grand finale is here and the listener is taken into inhospitable living conditions, down to the bottom levels of the oceanic abyssal realm. Grandioso, Max Corbacho at his most immense abysscaping!!! Are these monstrously humming sounds some ghostly voices? I think it's the ocean that speaks to me...

"The Ocean Inside" achieves the same stellar dimension as "Ars Lucis", no question about that, it's as much colossal and graceful, and even if it doesn't break any new ground, it's enormously sophisticated and brilliantly polished with masterfully demonstrated interaction to this utterly fascinating environment. Bravissimo, Mad Max!!! A must have for all connoisseurs of pure atmospheric seascaping reveries!!!

Richard Gürtler (Feb 10, 2013, Bratislava, Slovakia)