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Constance Demby

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Constance Demby is one of the few representatives of the New Age movement (in both her music and her personal philosophies) who consistently creates artistic, highly expressive compositions. Demby was trained in classical music as a child, and her artistic spirit led her to also master several other art forms; at the University of Michigan, she studied painting, sculpture, and music. It was her work as a sculptor that led her to new dimensions of sound. As she was torching a sheet of metal, it roared thunderously, and thus was born the Sonic Steel Instruments: the Whale Sail, and the Space Bass, enormous bowed instruments with deep archetypal resonances. As an innovator in the world of sound, Demby learned a number of ethnic instruments and found ways to use them inventively. She co-founded a unique multimedia group, Central Maine Power Sound & Light, which toured the East Coast from 1971 to 1976 with their "Space Mass" program and other groundbreaking light/sound and planetarium shows. In the late '70s, Demby began to investigate the spiritual life by following a discipline that was focused on the inner light and the inner sound, or Surat Shabd Yoga. She found a special affinity for the hammered dulcimer and discovered that her "prayers would turn into song." These devotional songs formed the basis of her first album, Skies Above Skies. In 1980, Demby, a fifth generation Californian, returned to Marin County north of San Francisco, where she received a warm reception and played concerts to overflow audiences. Here, she founded her own record company, Sound Currents, and released Sunborne, an ambitious five-part tone poem that featured her Sonic Steel instruments, world percussion, synthesizers, hammered dulcimer, and vocals. The mid-'80s brought changes in recording technology with the advent of digital sampled sounds; Demby embraced this electronic revolution to compose contemporary space music using a full range of symphonic instruments, pipe organ, and choral voices. Tapping into her spiritual guidance, she brought through, track by track, Novus Magnificat, the album that many call the most important New Age recording of all time. This album, released in 1986, was one of the first releases on the Hearts of Space record label. Her other albums with Hearts of Space include the devotional Sacred Space Music, the celebratory Set Free, and Aeterna, the emotionally cathartic sequel to Novus Magnificat. Demby says of the artistry and spiritual impact of her music: "Novus Magnificat reached 'up and out' to catch a galactic beam through space. Aeterna is down and into the heart, here and now. Now our society is in the thick of it, and if people do not handle their feelings, we are in trouble. My music is emotional, but it is always redemptive. If my music stirs things up and takes you down into your feelings, it will then transmute, take you up and out again and redeem. If the listener approaches music with 'active listening,' or with full absorption, and if the music has spiritual commitment and depth, then music can blow your mind. It will make you weep. And you will wonder breathlessly,'God, what was that? It did something to me!'" In 2000, after release of a few private label albums, Demby moved from Southern California to Barcelona, Spain, relishing the openness of its people for music and the arts. ~ Carol Wright
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Stations Featuring
Constance Demby

    New Age

    New Age
    4 songs

    Ambient

    Ambient
    1 song

    Lite Piano

    Lite Piano
    1 song

Albums by
Constance Demby

Top Songs by
Constance Demby

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  2.   Alleluiah
  3.   Gateway
  4.   Sanctuary
  5.   Formless Presence
  6.   The Dawning
  7.   Part Two
  8.   Part One
  9.   Eternal Return: Unfolding/Enfolding/Return
  10.   Novus Pt. 2: Through the Stargate
  11.   Invocation
  12.   Novus Pt. 2: Cosmic Carousel
  13.   Haven of Peace
  14.   Novus Pt. 2: Bridging Dimensions
  15.   Novus Pt. 1: Exultate
  16.   Strings of My Heart
  17.   Out of the Mist
  18.   Javalon
  19.   Innocence: Starfields/Innocence/Beloved
  20.   Bringing Down the Silence
  21.   Sunborne
  22.   Ommanipadmehum
  23.   The Longing
  24.   God Is
  25.   Novus Pt. 2: Magnificat
  26.   Absolution
  27.   Darkness of Space
  28.   Deep Mother
  29.   Lift Thine Eyes
  30.   Endless
  31.   Eyes in the Mirror
  32.   Mother of the World
  33.   The Galactic Chalice
  34.   Celestial Communion
  35.   St Francis Prayer
  36.   Peace of God
  37.   El Mie
  38.   One With the Light
  39.   The Winding Path
  40.   In the Center
  41.   Eternal Return
  42.   Tribal Gregorian
  43.   The Light of All
  44.   Radiance
  45.   Moving On
  46.   Lotus Opening
  47.   I Set Myself Free
  48.   Chambers of the Heart
  49.   Earth Tones
  50.   Second Waves
  51.   Deeper Than
  52.   Novus Magnificat, Pt. 1: Tears of Terra
  53.   Novus Magnificat, Pt. 1: Ascent
  54.   Novus Pt. 1: Soul's Journey
  55.   Novus Magnificat, Pt. 2: Trust
  56.   Rites of Passage: Remembrance/The Calling/Serenity
  57.   Novus Magnificat, Pt. 2: Through the Stargate
  58.   Novus Pt. 1: My Heart Doth Soar
  59.   Novus Magnificat, Pt. 1: Exultate
  60.   Novus Pt. 1: Tears of Terra
  61.   Ringing in the New
  62.   Tree of Life
  63.   Waltz of Joy
  64.   Into Her Center
  65.   Meditation
  66.   Novus Magnificat: Baktun, No. 1
  67.   Gabriel's Dragon
  68.   Space Bass: Baktun, No. 3
  69.   Novus Magnificat, Pt. 1: Soul's Journey
  70.   Novus Pt. 2: Trust
  71.   Sky Blossoms
  72.   Dragon's Eye
  73.   The Dawning - From Sunborne
  74.   The Annointing
  75.   Into the Center
  76.   Novus Pt. 2: The Flying Bach
  77.   Legend
  78.   Novus Magnificat: Full Moon Eclipse
  79.   Ave's Trance
  80.   Fathoms (Space Bass)
  81.   Novus Magnificat: Spring Equinox
  82.   Novus Magnificat, Pt. 2: Bridging Dimensions
  83.   Novus Pt. 1: Ascent
  84.   Novus Magnificat, Pt. 1: My Heart Doth Soar
  85.   Novus Magnificat, Pt. 2: Cosmic Carousel
  86.   Threshold
  87.   Cosmos
  88.   Cry of the Heart
  89.   Ode to Ancestors
  90.   Sant Ji
  91.   Novus Magnificat, Pt. 2: The Flying Bach
  92.   Novus Magnificat, Pt. 2: Magnificat
  93.   Paths to Prayer (World Religions)
  94.   Ocean of Life
  95.   Ocean Without Shores
  96.   Novus Magnificat: Baktun, No. 2

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