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Gravity & Grace Soundtrack (CD)
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Gravity & Grace
music CD contains over two-and-a-half hours of gorgeous music written especially for the
Gravity & Grace DVD
featuring yoga Master Peter Sterios, exquisitely filmed by Mikki Willis and scored by Stuart Balcomb.
“From the beginning of this project, it was clear to me that those involved in putting together my first yoga DVD all shared one vision: to create from a space of inspiration. From the outset, the cinematography, the choreography, the editing, the authoring, and finally with the composing of original music which you will find on this CD, every aspect reflected that commitment made by all the artists, Stuart’s music was the icing on an already amazing cake that brought all the pieces together seamlessly. This music is perfect for creating the “acoustic space” for yoga, for massage, for meditation, and for any activity where music and sound can invoke the power to transform.”
–Peter Sterios, Yoga Instructor
DOUBLE CD WITH OVER 2.5 HOURS OF MUSIC!
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July 24th, 2008
A fixture in the Los Angeles soundtrack scene, Stuart Balcomb composed the soundtrack music for Peter Sterios's yoga DVD
Gravity and Grace
using a variety of mind-entraining tones and instruments, perfectly accompanying the poses and unusual imagery of Sterious's style. It made such an impression that this music was also used in the film The Moses Code and released via this beautiful two-CD booklet. A work of art in its own right, the CD set works on a primitive futurism theme; it’s as if Balcomb's music is coming to us from a timeless, ancient alternate history, an uncovered artifact in an ancient desert of the spirit.
The album opens with a brush of chimes, a slowly repeating fretless bass note, Arabian flutes, and deep rolling tablas. The tablas and flutes create a sense of ethereal winds and the bass keeps one in deep-rooted lower-chakra consciousness. From here, Balcomb expands his palette to include didgeridoo, ambient water droplets, bell-tower chimes, throat singing, synths, and guitars, all conjuring waves of antithetical emotion: fear and acceptance, repentance and transfiguration, recognition of mortality and eternal bliss.
"Wanderers" develops from a popular kirtan melody, which will be immediately familiar to yoga music lovers, but this is not simple relaxation music. There's too much of the cinematic scribe in Balcomb's blood. In the playful music box melody and fretless bass undercurrent and flute lead, there's a real sense of time and drama flowing through here. Its urgency makes one think of movie scenes: an anxious walk through the park to meet a clandestine lover, or hiking through a mysterious glass mall in search of the unnamable. "Lake Memories" joins long, heavy synth pads, drones, and a lapping-lake ambient sound with offhand finger cymbals. The "memory" that Balcomb conjures is one that is prenatal; this lake is fathomless and our memory is the fully recorded story of time itself.
Approaching the limitless divide between classical, world, and movie soundtrack music, the 30-minute "Anahata" earns extra points by being completely enrapturing, exciting, and tranquilizing at the same time, effortlessly moving from jazzy fretless bass-led percussion grooves to droning cinematic sweep. With one ear tuned to the music of emotional manipulation in the service of suspense and emotion, the other tuned to the limitless and spiritual, Balcomb is keyed in to a sound that exists beyond duality and emotion.
Gravity and Grace
invites listeners to move freely from one to the other, to recognize that pain and pleasure, fear and desire, are merely different ends on the same twisty cinematic serpent. Follow the beat, and you can find your way past all pairs of opposites."
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