|3.||ON HALLOWED GROUND|
|5.||OF WHALES AND WOLVES|
|7.||RETURNING TO HER (THE MOTHER SONG)|
|8.||THE AIR WE BREATHE|
Ceremony or Ritual, Imparting Divine Grace
In modern culture there are many ways to do sacred ceremony and to experience Sacrament. For those who pursue deep self-exploration, healing and transformation, this album can be used in a variety of ceremonial styles – from those that are explicitly shamanic in nature, to those which are contemplative, and to those which are plant based and entheogenic. The partaking of this sacrament invites the listener to experience Earth as the Mother of us all – to become whole.
Byron Metcalf and Jennifer Grais have delivered into our hands a stunning support for the sacramental. This music was birthed from the ground of sacred ceremony and is structured in a way that helps guide the listener to a higher frequency where wisdom and healing energies can be accessed.
The album’s musical themes and prayers move in sync with the stages of ritual process. The sensuous power of the percussion, musical instrumentation and extraordinary vocals create a multilayered space in which one can see through the surface appearances of things – into the mysterious world of Spirit moving through the vast sonic landscapes.
The rich layering of indigenous instruments and percussive textures with Jennifer’s spirit-driven voice opened my heart and mind to multiple dimensions, a vaster space than my everyday mind. The “Spirit Wind” soundworld created a sense of spaciousness, as if I were out in the desert, like Castaneda, hearing the wind bounce echoes off the canyon walls, sitting by a sacred fire with the maestro don Juan Matus.
– C. Michael Smith, Ph.D. (aka Mikkal), author of Psychotherapy and the Sacred, and Jung and Shamanism in Dialogue.
|1.||A Naturally Occurring Heart|
|2.||Visions From The Sixth Sense|
|3.||A Steadfast Path|
|4.||Embrace of Uncertainty|
|5.||Mirrors of Perception|
|6.||At Play With All That Matters|
|7.||A Benevolent Spirit|
Legendary percussionist Byron Metcalf's Inner Rhythm Meditations Vol II continues the immersive journey into hypnotic rhythms and haunting melodic textures which he began on the critically acclaimed, award-nominated 2016 album Inner Rhythm Meditations – Music for Expanded Awareness and Inspired Movement. Once again joined by noted sound sculptor Erik Wøllo & world-class flutist Peter Phippen, Metcalf explores a haunting landscape that gravitates between pulsing sensuality and drifting contemplation. Inner Rhythm Meditations Vol II is a deeper exploration of the dynamic interplay between the energetic and the subtle— sometimes vibrant, sometimes spacious. The seven tracks perfectly portray the exquisite dance that can occur between stillness and motion, each trait coalescing into the other at times, but also each venturing into their own unique sonic landscape. A profoundly meditative listening experience, this album presents an opportunity to journey inward while also providing a backdrop for movement through space. In this way, Inner Rhythm Meditations Vol II is the best of both worlds in the genre of music for reflection and contemplation.
Völuspa is a fascinating creation myth – a powerful journey of creation, destruction and renewal. Narrated by Ralph Metzner and supported by a dramatic and potent soundtrack by Byron Metcalf (feat. Dashmesh Khalsa), this unique album is designed to take the listener on a personal exploration of the cycles and mysteries of death and rebirth that are ever present in the human psyche.
Ralph Metzner is a living legend – a true icon in the field of Transpersonal Psychology, shamanism and so much more. For more than 30 years I’ve regarded Ralph as one of my most important teachers and mentors even though we’ve never formally worked together as such. So I felt incredibly honored when Ralph approached me about collaborating on this project. Having Ralph visit my studio and home and share some professional and personal time together will remain one of the most treasured events of my life.
I’ve never composed a ‘soundtrack’ before but once I found myself immersed in this project and the story, it became clear that I needed to approach the music production from that perspective. My long-time collaborator and friend Dashmesh Khalsa contributed lots of sonic textures and sound worlds that helped take the soundtrack to a much higher level. If fact, it turned out so well that we decided to create a remix of the soundtrack (music only) as an additional track that can support many kinds of journey work, breathwork, inspired dance and movement and entheogenic exploration.
|1.||They Were Here|
|2.||Opening to Freedom|
|3.||Soul of Mestengo|
|4.||Near And Far Away|
|5.||Womb Of The Serpent|
|7.||Song For Solo|
Like the majesty and magic of America’s wild horses that informed the creation of this project, the music on this album is highly evocative and emotional – a mystical infusion of beauty and tenderness - of power and potency. The impeccable blend of Jennifer Grais’s beautiful and haunting vocals with Byron Metcalf’s renowned tribal-trance drumming and production style creates an astounding listening experience of numinous depth and sonic ecstasy. Horse as ‘Spirit Animal’ represents and mirrors the innate life-force, power, wildness, and the instinctual impulse for freedom within all of us. They Were Here takes the listener on a unique shamanic adventure – a freedom ride of soaring potential and along the way they are held gently and safely in the arms of Mother Earth.
Purchase the digital album on Byron’s Bandcamp page
|1.||Garden of the Peaceful Warrior|
|2.||As Clouds Dance|
|3.||Patterns of Awareness|
|4.||A Perfect Place|
|5.||The Awakened Heart|
|6.||Presence of Longing|
An immersive journey into the rhythms and music
of spaciousness and movement
In many indigenous traditions, we learn to “tune into the sacred rhythms of the earth.” With Inner Rhythm Meditations, master percussionist Byron Metcalf presents an album of music created to help listeners connect to the pulse of the cosmos. Byron takes listeners on a seamless, hour-long voyage—balancing stretches of spacious relaxation with sections of vibrant, energetic composition. Featuring a subtle blend of percussion and gentle instrumentation, including guitar synthesizers and bamboo flutes, here is an album that evokes the dance between stillness and motion—ideal for body work; movement practices such as walking meditation and qigong; and promoting a state of relaxed, alert creativity.
Free streaming of the entire album on Bandcamp
Check out the promo video
|2.||Portals of Power|
|3.||Remember to Breathe|
|4.||Spirits of the Roadman|
When indigenous shamans connect to the spirit world, they don’t sit still and let their mind wander—they dance with the spirits and let their power animals dance through them. Today, ecstatic dancers and shamanic practitioners speak of being “transported” by music, carried away in body and soul to an expanded state of being. On Shamanic Trance Dance, world-class trance percussionist and shamanic practitioner Byron Metcalf masterfully blends timeless indigenous sounds of drums, percussion and didgeridoo with driving trance rhythms and foundational electro grooves. The result is an organic sound tapestry that impels you to move—freeing the mind, energizing the body, and opening your spirit to inspiration.
Byron is joined by supporting musicians from Australia, Peru, Germany, Arizona and Colorado. The result is a truly unique synthesis of the primordial and contemporary rhythms and sounds of trance, ritual dance and transformation – authentically informed with shamanic wisdom and practice by all of those involved in Shamanic Trance Dance.
The six tracks on Shamanic Trance Dance invite the listener and the dancer to explore the various landscapes of the shamanic world in a personal and experiential way. Dance and merge with your own inner-wisdom and animal spirits; travel through your inner and outer realities from a totally embodied perspective; play with the rhythms of your breath and body; confront and transcend blocks and barriers that inhibit and stifle your growth and creative energies.
Digital Downloads available at these retailers
|2.||A Deeper Descent|
|4.||Gates of Initiation|
|5.||Servants of the Mystery|
Award-winning shamanic-trance drummer Byron Metcalf and master didgeridoo artist Rob Thomas of Inlakesh combine their musical and personal medicines to create an extremely potent sonic brew. MEDICINE WORK is a psychoactive offering – synergistically forged in the timeless hearth of shamanic intent and ceremony and is designed to guide and support intrepid travelers into deeper territories of their inner worlds – far beyond the known and familiar.
MEDICINE WORK is a call to the deep journey. An invitation to explore vast mysteries of Initiation & Rites of Passage; Alchemy & Transmutation; Transformation & Transcendence; Cycles of Death & Rebirth; realms of the primordial, archetypal & mythological filtering through layers of the individual self and the boundless dimensions of transpersonal consciousness. The journey concludes with the safe return Home to the harmonic resonance of the traveler’s Heart and True Nature.
"MEDICINE WORK could have been created a thousand years ago, hidden from the world and used only for the highest degree of altering consciousness with instruments that have remained unchanged over the Eons; hand drums, rattles and didgeridoo. Thankfully for us, trance percussion alchemist Byron Metcalf and didgeridoo maven Rob Thomas (Inlakesh) are not hidden away in another era doing their medicine work for a forgotten tribe obscured by time. This recording puts the listener directly ‘inside’ the experience though high resolution recording skills and searing performances aimed at one thing: blowing away all the residue of the day-to-day with these ancient tools, presented in almost 3D clarity and preservation of tone. Rob’s didgeridoo is presented in such detail that it feels cellular and the interlocking patterns of Byron's percussion work invoke an involuntary trance state that just simply feels as if you never want it to stop – and it will not once you hit play." – Steve Roach
Byron Metcalf and Mark Seelig join forces again to focus and intensify the transformative power of their musical collaboration.
Intention is a totally acoustic, transcultural tour de force of multi-layered tribal-ambient rhythms, indigenous instruments, and mesmerizing soundscapes – expertly crafted to induce and support expanded states of consciousness. Byron’s potent and spellbinding drumming and percussion merge with Mark’s haunting and beautiful bansuri flutes and Tuvan-style throat singing to create a bold, larger-than-life journey into infinite possibilities. Rob Thomas (Inlakesh) and Dashmesh Khalsa contribute aboriginal didgeridoo textures to further deepen and expand the sonic field.
Neuroscience has confirmed what shamanic and ancient spiritual traditions have known for thousands of years: Intention plays a fundamental role in manifesting inner and outer reality. This is especially important for those involved in deep inner-work, visionary rituals, ceremonies and practices.
Intention is infused with steadfast power and authority while the listener is held and supported by the tempered and refined sensitivity and compassion of Byron and Mark’s unparalleled understanding of expanded states of consciousness. Over 3 decades of self-exploration, professional therapeutic and academic work serves as foundational substrate for these artists’ uniquely innovative musical approach. Byron and Mark have recorded 3 previous CDs: Wachuma’s Wave (2003), Mantram (2004) and Nada Terma (2008) - all of which were created in collaboration with tribal ambient-electronic pioneer Steve Roach.
For this album, the listener is invited to set an Intention before the journey begins, and surrender into an incomparable audio-initiated encounter with the primordial and the ecstatic: the vision of authentic communion within the source of all reality. Explore and experience the breadth and depth of Intention in this ground-breaking, utterly original sonic synthesis of tribal/ambient/world music!
1 Intention (22:33)
2 Surrender (9:47)
3 Encounter (15:59)
4 Focus (11:11)
5 Vision (9:51)
To listen to entire tracks and purchase digital downloads go here.
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|2.||Earth Om - Sacred Resonance - Music Track clip|
Earth Om - Sacred Resonance
Exploring Your Relationship with the Earth
Byron Metcalf, Ph.D.
As we face the truth about our global crisis and the devastating impact of climate change, it is clear that we, as human inhabitants of this planet, now find ourselves at a critical point where our survival depends on our ability and willingness to develop a healthy, balanced and sustainable relationship with the Earth – the Mother of Us All.
The intention of the Earth Om – Sacred Resonance exercise is to help you explore your relationship with the Earth in a very personal way – and to cultivate a deeper and more personal connection with Her. This exercise is highly experiential and interactive, and will provide you with an opportunity to closely examine the unique qualities, characteristics, beliefs and other dynamics that form your relationship with the Earth and all that this relationship means to you.
Combining shamanic rhythm & sounds, verbal guidance, chanting and Field Effect Audio Technology™, Earth Om – Sacred Resonance provides a gentle and powerful heart-centered journey of self-discovery into your relationship with Mother Earth.
Designed to be used as a stand-alone exercise or as an advanced exercise with
The Shaman’s Heart Program (Monroe Products, 2007)
Please click on the following links for more information on Earth Om – Sacred Resonance and Field Effect Audio Technology™
|2.||Threshold of Intention|
|4.||The Call for Total Surrender|
After being out of print for over 2 years, by popular request the original is now available in a new eco-friendly digipak. The heart is like an alchemical chamber – possessing the power to transform and transmute, fears, wounds, and patterns that block us from always traveling on what Don Juan called “the path with heart.” The ability to remain “heart centered” – to stay connected to one’s compassionate core in the face of adversity and personal challenge is a hallmark of spiritual and psychological maturity. Shamanism is an ancient spiritual system that helps develop the capacity to live fully in the world of the heart. Using ancient and contemporary rhythmic techniques, the intention of THE SHAMAN’S HEART is an invitation to journey into the infinite regions of this heart-space dimension. . . and beyond.
THE SHAMAN’S HEART is a continuous 73 minute journey using varying rhythmic subdivisons of the classic 220 beats per minute journey tempo. The uninterrupted experience is created from a collection of buffalo drums, frame drums and rattles. This time and space altering ceremony is supported with an evolving, breathing atmosphere of subtle contrasting harmonic embraces. Adding to the experience is the sense that it is all occurring in a grounded, environmental space through the use of sounds from the natural world. This potent offering of “music as medicine” can guide and support even the most intrepid of inner travelers.
|1.||Facing The Truth|
|2.||A Warning From The Elders|
|5.||Earth Om – Sacred Resonance|
(From 2007) In this latest solo project, Byron expands his sonic explorations of the shamanic path of soul-based and heart-centered living that is the foundation of his work. Inspired and driven by his increasing frustration related to our current global and planetary challenges, A Warning From The Elders invites the listener to whole-heartedly embrace the urgency facing the planet, while also birthing the dormant seeds of hope and vision that lie within each of us. In essence, Byron’s CD is a healing prayer for a radical global awakening. Motivated by a deep and purposeful commitment to make his “voice” fully heard, A Warning From The Elders is the first project where Byron has used his overtone singing to create harmonic drones and soundscapes. With this potent emphasis on the raw, organic sounds of wood, skin, metal, clay, stone, and the human voice, Byron’s masterful production results in a delicious blend of fierce percussion, heart-opening textural voices and overtone singing – a bold sonic expression of power, purpose, presence and compassion for the Earth – the Mother of us all.
|3.||Deep Time Dreaming|
|4.||Last Remnants of Reality|
|5.||Dance of the Heart Voyagers|
|6.||Across the Waters|
Seeking the Unknown Within, the voyage begins - Wachuma, Spirit of the four winds, the night-blooming king of night, ushers us on a voyage of soulful remembrance; a remembrance of what we are, and what we may be. Wachuma's Wave is sacred music in the truest sense. It is a portal of travel, a soul retrieval, a ritual of deep time dreaming. Veteran trance percussionist Byron Metcalf teams up with German-based musician and shamanic practitioner Mark Seelig to bring forth a multi-textural blend of bansuri flutes, sacred chants and overtone singing, simmering percussion and other hybrid grooves, augmented by rich offerings of deep drift ambient synthesizer and didgeridoo from soundscape maestro Steve Roach. Fans of The Serpent's Lair (Roach-Metcalf) will be thrilled by this innovative and heart-stirring alchemy. - Frank MacEowen
|2.||A Noble Direction|
|4.||The Magma Clan|
|5.||Road From Here|
|6.||Fire Sky Portal|
|7.||Return of the Dragon Bone Tribe|
|8.||In the Safety of Travel|
“Tales From the Ultra Tribe”
Steve Roach & Byron Metcalf
After two years pushing the creative edges, Tales From the Ultra Tribe emerges as a fire-breathing life form. The deep trance-shamanic-atmospheric collaboration between Steve Roach and Byron Metcalf evokes the primordial caverns and aeon-blasted landscapes of their groundbreaking The Serpent's Lair (Projekt, 2000).
And yet on Tales From the Ultra Tribe, a new sound emerges.
It's a lucid trance-groove experience, a searing combination of acoustic percussion and hyper-dimensional electronic rhythms. The Ultra Tribe are the future primitives: the future-tech foundation wrapped by the organic. It's no longer clear where the human ends and the machine begins.
The elements of this sound are Steve's complex hybrid-grooves overlaid by Byron's primal, fluid and organic - yet precise - frame drums and percussion. It's an atmosphere of shifting soundworlds in which the forms of the Ultra Tribe exist. An alchemy of electronic sequencers, drum machines and percussion locks in the groove, while the human element jumps in and out of the steady pulse, giving the music a passionate intensity. The elements are deftly shaped to a point of complete integration where the final result is transformed into a living breathing body with an electro-organic soul.
As one the original architects of the tribal-ambient genre, Steve Roach's innovations are mapped out on the landmark albums Origins, Artifacts, and Dreamtime Return, along with releases from the Suspended Memories trio and the more recent Fever Dreams series. Similarly, Byron Metcalf’s tribal-shamanic albums Helpers, Guides & Allies, Not Without Risk, The Shaman’s Heart, and A Warning From the Elders, serve as a benchmark for deep journey exploration. In the late 90's, Steve teamed up with Byron, and over the span of a dozen years they've created an array of releases that explore and push the outer edges of shamanic-electronic tribalism.
The eight pieces on Tales From the Ultra Tribe are built into a seamless 74-minute deep-journey experience. Adding to the overall impact is a high resolution sound achieved through masterful recording and mixing techniques. With a multi-dimensional trance-groove trajectory, the sound is a tribal-electronic well of experience. A continuous kaleidoscope of visionary power, mystery and visceral awe envelops the listener. The synergistic alchemy of Steve’s and Byron’s work fuses to new levels of audio-induced, mind-expanding music.
|1.||Days of Magic|
|2.||Light and Ground|
|4.||Valley of Spheres|
Electronic musician Erik Wøllo joins tribal-trance percussionist Byron Metcalf for an elegant album weaving melodic, vibrant soundscapes with subtle, grounding rhythms.
Earth Luminous stirs the memory on an outing through luminescent electronic ambient music where the ethereal is anchored and activated by steady, tactile frame drums and percussive patterns. Byron’s tight-to-the-grid substratum pulse serves as a conduit to Erik’s lush, emotive and expansive atmospheres. Together, the two sonic explorers find a meeting place where vapor trails and glowing man-made cityscapes reveal that we, the modern humans, are the ones who bring into existence the enlightened earth: our explorations illuminate to bring cascading insight.
The dramatic images of the album cover reflect the music’s contemplative and timeless perception of our planet. Seeing the world from above from an airplane’s cockpit (in photos taken by pilot Ian Dutton) reveals reflective perspectives of the earth below: a magnificent visual confluence of the sky and the glittering nighttime urban city lights.
Earth Luminous’ lustrous soaring themes, moving electronic drones, and bedrock rhythmic patterns drift and unfold in a lush electronic treatment of modern instrumental music. Cycles of layered synthesizers, harmonies, introspective slow-motion soundscaping, vibrant acoustic percussion, and illuminated electric guitar produce expansive and fluid tracks. The results are deeply thoughtful, seductive musings upon a radiant earth.
Digital downloads available here.
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|2.||Monuments of Trance|
|4.||Molecules of Momentum|
|5.||Monuments of Ecstasy|
|6.||This Place on Earth|
The visionary tribal-ambient power trio of Byron Metcalf, Steve Roach & Rob Thomas opens a portal into an expanded state of being. Monuments of Ecstasy contains six impeccably crafted pieces of modern-tribal magic; the visceral power of sound and rhythm work to activate a body-centered passion and life-force arousal. Byron’s drums and percussion fuse with Steve’s hybrid grooves, array of analog modular, virtual analog synths and mixing enhancements; Rob’s serpentine didgeridoo weaves aboriginal textures and otherworldly voices, adding ancient layers to the trio’s flows and soundscapes. The results are majestic and powerful formations that rise up from the earth in an ever-evolving organic listening experience.
Driven by a constant undercurrent of fluid percussive pulses, the music induces a sense of hyper-perception on all levels – from cellular to celebration. This is akin to the expanded level of awareness achieved throughout time by seekers worldwide. The entire body becomes a receptor-center for these primal forms of rhythmic momentum and emotive textures. A myriad of interwoven patterns, accentuated by state of the art recording, mixing and mastering, combine to transport the listener into a numinous dimension of energy, expansion and bliss – the very definition of ecstasy.
Activating a euphoric state of body-mind-spirit awareness, the tracks develop and emerge as they reveal their intensity and power. Just like the massive, magnificent monuments that grace the album cover, these pieces inspire a breathtaking state of awe. With an underlying power and strength, the expansiveness of these Monuments of Ecstasy await…
This psychoactive composition is designed to guide and support you into deeper territories of your own inner worlds – far beyond the known and familiar. Award-winning shamanic-trance drummer Byron Metcalf and master didgeridoo artist Rob Thomas of Inlakesh combine their musical and personal medicines to create this powerful sonic experience, heightened by the addition of Hemi-Sync®. Synergistically forged in the timeless hearth of shamanic intent and ceremony, this music is designed to guide and support intrepid travelers into deeper territories of their inner worlds – far beyond the known and familiar.
Medicine Work with Hemi-Sync® is a call to the deep journey. An invitation to explore vast mysteries of Initiation & Rites of Passage; Alchemy & Transmutation; Transformation & Transcendence; Cycles of Death & Rebirth; realms of the primordial, archetypal & mythological filtering through layers of the individual self and the boundless dimensions of transpersonal consciousness. The journey concludes with the safe return home to the harmonic resonance of the traveler’s heart and true nature.
For those of you who have heard the original Medicine Work, this new “Metamusic” version is even more potent as a shamanic tool. I personally found the depth of the trance state achieved to be amazing! Many thanks to Monroe Products studio engineer Kevin Cowan for helping to create such an incredible psychoactive sonic brew!
Digital Download available here and soon on itunes, Amazon and other major online retailers.
(Note: This Metamusic version is a single continuous track designed for uninterrupted listening - preferrably on headphones. Scroll up to the original Medicine Work album to hear clips of the various sections.)
|1.||Cleansing and Purification|
|2.||Dreaming into Being the Life You Want|
|3.||Transfiguration - Your Inner Light|
The Spirit of Healing
Shamanic Journey Music Enhanced with
Field Effect Audio Technology™
Sandra Ingerman & Byron Metcalf
Ancient shamans and modern sound researchers discovered the same thing—rhythm is the most reliable way to shift our brainwave states. On The Spirit of Healing, renowned teacher Sandra Ingerman joins shamanic trance drummer Byron Metcalf to present scientifically-enhanced music to help listeners easily access an altered state and connect to the spirit world. Combining traditional drums, rattles, and other shamanic instruments with Field Effect Audio Technology™, these three tracks offer an extraordinarily powerful accompaniment to shamanic journeying.
Each track is 25 min long – starting slowly and then leading to more intensity and rhythmic complexity. Each track also has a 2 min ending that supports integration of your journey and a full return from the non-ordinary realms. The album package contains detailed instructions for using the journey tracks, although seasoned shamanic practitioners will find that these tracks work extremely well for a wide variety of intentions and goals.
|1.||Shaman's Heart II w/Hemi-Sync 5 min clip|
The Shaman’s Heart II with Hemi-Sync®
Featuring Steve Roach
This powerful and potent shamanic journey invites the listener to make full contact with their heart, their own inner wisdom, and non-physical helpers and guides to reveal, heal and transform the habitual patterns and blocks that inhibit and stifle growth and creativity. Byron Metcalf’s continuous heartbeat rhythm, medicine rattles, heart and soul activating trance drumming combines with Hemi-Sync® and Steve Roach’s sonic mastery for a rewarding and memorable shamanic journey. Repeated use of this music in a personal ritual or ceremonial context will enhance the heart’s capacities for love, compassion, courage, power, and strength.
For this new collaboration with Monroe Products, Byron remixed the original version of The Shaman’s Heart II to bring the drums and percussion more up front in the mix, which amplifies the sonic driving and entrainment effectiveness. Specially created Hemi-Sync® mixes are added making The Shaman’s Heart II with Hemi-Sync® a uniquely efficient tool for developing the various capacities of the heart. This is also the ideal album for extended shamanic journeys, breathwork, dynamic meditation, and other deep inner-work practices.
Byron discusses the background and creation of The Shaman’s Heart II in an interview with Monroe Products. Check it out here:
|1.||The Shaman's Heart II Excerpt 1|
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|7.||The Shaman's Heart II Excerpt 7|
The Shaman's Heart II – The Healing Journey is an entrancing 70-minute shamanic journey of uninterrupted, evolving tribal-trance drumming and percussion that continuously builds in rhythmic complexity and dynamic intensity. Byron is joined by Steve Roach who provides the harmonic and textural psychotropic stew created from a rich, organic and analog blend. The alchemy with the percussion results in an ecstasy that helps hold the space for the listener to journey far and deep into powerful and sustained shamanic states of consciousness. The journey culminates in a bursting forth through the full spectrum portal of pure existence – returning safely home to the heart-centered presence and potential of the true self.
The continuous heartbeat rhythm, medicine rattles, heart and soul activating trance drumming, combines with Steve’s sonic mastery and deep didgeridoo to firmly anchor the entire journey to the listener’s own sonically-driven trajectory. Repeated use of this music in a personal ritual or ceremonial context will enhance the heart’s capacities for love, compassion, courage, power, and strength.
With focused and clear intention, this sonic call to adventure draws on the traditional shamanic model that is proven over the eons to open the primal mind to access all levels of human experience including the upper, middle, and lower worlds of the shamanic landscape and various transpersonal realms of reality. The Shaman's Heart II is a powerful and potent shamanic journey that invites the listener to make full contact with their heart – their own inner wisdom and various non-physical helpers, guides and allies, to reveal, release, heal and transform the habitual patterns and blocks that inhibit and stifle their growth and creative energies.
Steve's pinnacle performance from 2010's SoundQuest Fest proved to be a real moment in time, and fortunately it was documented with a high resolution recording that places the listener front and center on that special night. Presented as a single CD, the first 74 minutes of the concert are experienced as it unfolded. Three distinct realms are seamlessly mapped out in this inspired set. The opening starts with a 25-minute piece of perpetual forward motion in the mode of DESTINATION BEYOND created specially for the concert, carved from pure analog synths and sequencers. From here we experience an amazing interplay between didgeridoo players Dashmesh Khalsa, Brian Parnham, percussionist Byron Metcalf and Steve performing real-time looping, processing and mixing along with soundworlds, ocarina and voice. This passage is an all-out expression of shamanic ecstasy that boils over into the engulfing tribal trance state of "Thunder Walk" from the recent release DREAM TRACKER. The last portion of the set settles into an ultra drifting electro-organic zone. This evocative space, which premiered at the Fest, would soon evolve into the opening of IMMERSION FIVE–CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS.
|3.||From The Inside|
|6.||Realms of the Sacred Seed|
The essential ingredients of ancient and contemporary shamanic trance states are fully activated in this highly potent new release. Byron carved out a collection of incredible trance grooves for nearly a year, eventually bringing in the prana-infused didgeridoo of Dashmesh Khalsa on every track. Steve joined on in early January 2010 and poured his heart and soul-drenched soundworlds into the six pieces, covering a full range of ecstatic dreamtime flow: rhythm, breath and expansion.
The end result is a full-blown dreamtime alchemy of all the elements. The living, breathing percussion, didgeridoo and soundworlds are unified in a single purpose: to open to the door out of the ordinary world – initiating the listener into an empowered journey of infinite possibilities for spiritual rebirth, illumination, and transcendence.
To listen to entire tracks and purchase digital downloads go here
INDUCTION: Breathe ~ Surrender ~ Repeat
CDs back in print - Available Now - Digital downloads available here
By request I have edited and optimized some of my personal favorite tracks for breathwork, trance-dance and other forms of dynamic inner-exploration into a compilation CD. This special production CD contains nine up-tempo compositions designed to induce and support expanded states of awareness and the journey toward wholeness.
Featuring drums & percussion, didgeridoo, voice, drones, atmospheres & soundworlds
Guest Musicians: Steve Roach, Ron Oates, Jack Coddington, Rian McGonigal, Gail Chasin, Ted Usatynski, John Dumas, Jesse Pursley
Tracks compiled from Byron’s solo CDs:
"Helpers, Guides & Allies"
"Not Without Risk"
"A Warning From The Elders"
|1.||NADA TERMA - Part 1|
|2.||NADA TERMA - Part 2|
|3.||NADA TERMA - Part 3|
|4.||NADA TERMA - Part 4|
|5.||NADA TERMA - Part 5|
|6.||NADA TERMA - Part 6|
|7.||NADA TERMA - Part 7|
Byron Metcalf - Mark Seelig - Steve Roach
a continuous flow in seven parts . . .
NADA TERMA merges the boundaries of ambient, world music and sacred-meditative styles. On Nada Terma (translated as “discovering spiritual treasures through the world of sound”) East Indian tonalities blend with Sufi-like trance percussion immersed in atmospheres, drifts and drones, arriving at a state of relaxed, focused awareness. The continuously-woven 73-minute piece is sequenced into seven discrete segments – perfect for yoga, contemplation and bodywork.
Following upon the groundbreaking work of 2006’s Mantram, Nada Terma is the second Projekt collaboration between Arizona’s Byron Metcalf and Steve Roach with Germany’s Mark Seelig. Byron, Mark & Steve initially collaborated on the critically acclaimed Wachuma’s Wave. (Check Out "THE TRILOGY" Combo-Pak Sale below).
On NADA TERMA, Byron, Mark & Steve reach deeper into the mystical / spiritual realm, presenting a blend of diverse worlds skillfully combined in an organic fashion. Deep-trance frame drums, clay pots and percussion meet with harmonic overtone vocals (akin to Tuvan throat singers) and the yearning sounds of the stringed Indian Dilruba, and East Indian bansuri flute, bringing a melodic and spiritual-contemplative highlight to the release. All of this exists within an enigmatic world of shadow and shifting light developed by way of artful enhancements and processing of the acoustic instruments. These complements are part of a constant, slowly breathing subtext of drones and atmospheres in which the entire experience lives.
Nada Terma will appeal to any listener looking for extended states of awareness, creative enhancement, yoga, bodywork, and deep listening.
Scroll down to "Wachuma's Wave" to listen to clips
|3.||Not Without Risk|
|4.||Fields of Intention|
|8.||Light From a Burning Bridge|
The original tracks of Not Without Risk have been re-sequenced and remastered to enhance the flow of this collaboration for its release as SPIRIT GATHERING and Monroe Products has embedded a custom mix of Hemi-Sync audio-guidance frequencies to deepen its immersive and transcendent effects. For optimal results, listen to this experiential composition in one session, preferably in a darkened, meditative environment.
Total Time: 73 min.
– Bill Binkleman, Editor, Wind and Wire
THE SHAMAN’S HEART with Hemi-Sync
Monroe Products (The Monroe Institute) pursued a collaboration with Byron to release THE SHAMAN’S HEART “with Hemi-Sync” to deepen the immersive and transcendent qualities of this masterful shamanic recording. This CD features the entire, original recording of THE SHAMAN’S HEART (Byron Metcalf with guest artist Steve Roach) and combines Hemi-Sync technology embedded within the tracks. Monroe Products refers to this process as “Metamusic” – music that incorporates specially blended Hemi-Sync frequencies to guide you into focused, whole-brain states of consciousness. Hemi-Sync helps you to achieve and sustain synchronized brain-wave activity in both hemispheres of your brain – an optimal condition for improving human performance.
For optimal results, listen to this experiential composition in one session – preferably with headphones, in a darkened, meditative environment.
For those who have the original version of THE SHAMAN’S HEART, this new Metamusic version not only adds the Hemi-Sync technology but also has new cover art, and a beautiful insert booklet containing Bill Binkleman’s stellar review. This is a “must have” for all deep journeying headphone listeners!
NOTE: To hear the tracks, please play the clips for THE SHAMAN'S HEART (Original Version) directly below.
|1.||Mantram Part One|
|2.||Mantram Part Two|
|3.||Mantram Part Three|
|4.||Mantram Part Four|
|5.||Mantram Part Five (1st section)|
|5.||Mantram Part Five (2nd section)|
|6.||Mantram Part Six|
|7.||Mantram Part Seven|
|8.||Mantram Part Eight|
|1.||Not Without Risk|
|2.||Fields Of Intention|
|8.||Light From A Burning Bridge|
NOTE: "Not Without Risk" is out of print. All of the tracks are available on "Spirit Gathering" - a Metamusic version (with Hemi Sync) of Not Without Risk (please scroll up).
Following The Serpent's Lair (Projekt Records, 2000), the critically acclaimed collaboration with award winning recording artist and sonic innovator Steve Roach, NOT WITHOUT RISK is Byron Metcalf's second solo release. Byron's ability to combine his unique proficiency as a drummer/percussionist with his background as a psychologist and shamanic practitioner has been attracting fans and fellow voyagers worldwide since his 1998 debut release of Helpers, Guides & Allies. Byron's music is being used in a wide spectrum of contexts including experiential shamanism and journey work, various meditation practices, breathwork, trance dance, bodywork and other healing arts. Fusing layers of organic drums and percussion, didgeridoo, soundworlds and sonic atmospheres, various indigenous instruments and voice, NOT WITHOUT RISK invites and challenges the listener to push the boundaries of their own reality... to risk venturing into new levels and depths of one's self...
|2.||Rite of Passage|
|3.||Shedding the Skin|
|8.||Egg Chamber Dreaming|
|9.||Offering in Waves|
|10.||Impending Sense of Calm|
|13.||Serpent Clan Gathering|
|14.||Beating Heart of The Dragon Mother|
Disc Two - subtitled "Offerings From The Underworld" - is built around musical elements from disc one, yet forges a sonic alchemy as it dives deeper. Though at times rhythmic, the overall feeling is a floating, pulsing, breathing adventure through a system of underground rivers and caves, inspiring fantastic episodes along the way.
|1.||Facing the Answers|
|2.||Seeking Guidance I|
|4.||Seeking Guidance II|
|5.||A Question of Courage|
|6.||In the Center of the Circle|
|6.||Seeking Guidance III|
|8.||Helpers, Guides & Allies|
|11.||Cave of the Heart|
Originally released in 1998, Byron's 1st solo album is considered a classic in shamanic communities. The album is still selling well and is almost out of stock in its 4th pressing.
For over 40,000 years shamanic societies throughout the world have used various musical strategies to achieve altered states of consciousness. These states, which are believed to be essential components to most of their sacred rituals and ceremonies, offer infinite varieties of inner landscapes which the shaman must navigate in order to retrieve insight and wisdom, and bring healing to the community. Drums and percussion, played in a continuous, driving manner are the basic instruments used for these purposes. With this in mind, Helpers, Guides & Allies...was inspired by Byron's passionate interest and involvement in the healing potential of non-ordinary (altered states) of consciousness.