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Album Review

In 1987, Steve Roach conceptualized an album of ambient music based on the deserts of the American Southwest. He and project producer Chuck Oken recruited two more of California's top synthesists, Kevin Braheny and Richard Burmer. Together they created Western Spaces. This is where desert ambience began. Over the years, Roach has perfected the style and has become its leading progenitor. And this CD has influenced a decade of synthesists. This trio, working individually and collectively, created the prototype. Even after some alterations, this is still the CD that defines the roots of the style. This CD was reissued later in 1987 on Fortuna with Thom Brennan and new tracks replacing Burmer and his tracks.

Customer Reviews

Western Spaces- A Musical Travelog

I first heard this cd on a radio station, "The Wave" in Los Angeles back in 1988. They played the cut "Across the View." I fell in love with the feeling of expanse, joy and sadness and being close to God. If you are looking to relax and let your mind wander and have a feeling of inner peace, they try this cd.

Across the View

Across the View is one of the Richard Burmer tracks and he has done some absolutely great other stuff. I highly recommend his music also.

Excellent group effort from late 80's, but where are Richard Burmer's contributions?

Original release was a trio, including Richard Burmer, who's "Across the View" was a stunning highlight.

Search it out elsewhere as it is not to be missed🙏🏻


Genre: New Age

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

Multi-instrumentalist/composer Kevin Braheny began exploring music at age four, starting with the piano; by age seven, he began composing his own music. He discovered woodwinds, the basis for his mature works, at 11, and played in classical, jazz, and rock settings throughout high school and college. When he moved to Los Angeles in 1971, Braheny discovered electronic music and synthesizers, and worked with electronic music pioneers like Malcom Cecil, a Moog synthesist, and Serge Tcherepnin, a modular...
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