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Jordan De La Sierra – Gymnosphere: Song Of The Rose

Jordan De La Sierra
Gymnosphere: Song Of The Rose
x2 LP
Unity Records – 1977

01. Music For Gymnastics (24:23)
02. Temple Of Aesthetic Action (24:56)
03. Music For Devotional Pastimes (26:52)
04. Sphere Of Sublime Dances (29:39)


Thanks to RS alumni John Davis for passing this rip along. New Age solo piano droppings. Be sure to drop by is fantastic Tonal Bride blog. It’s packed full of random LP goodies..everything from Hans – Joachim Roedelius to folk music from around the world.

  1. gd on February 11th, 2009

    thanks! been looking for this one.
    those who dont know, check out my crystal vibrations blog.
    more new age stuff, other unity records titles as well.

  2. j on February 12th, 2009

    made something like a rough remix of the first track from this last night for the hell of it:

  3. milton parker on February 13th, 2009


    I love the book that comes in the box with this album. “Man’s Secret Quality: Space”. The liner notes never land, no technical talk of tunings, just ‘sublime blending & illumination’. Young & Zazeela only mentioned in the ‘thank you’ list, along with several hundred other people.

    Recorded by Stephen Hill at 1750 Arch & mixed at Studio Orban, like Geoffrey Chandler’s ‘Starscapes’.

  4. milton parker on February 13th, 2009

    mp3’s lack tags for 3 of the 4 tracks, here’s the titles if anyone wants them

    I. Music for gymnastics.
    II. Temple of aesthetic action.
    III. Music for devotional pastimes.
    IV. Sphere of sublime dances.

    forgot, the back cover actually says ‘Music From The Hearts of Space’ directly beneath the album title… I hope someone out there with a stash of cassettes of the pre-syndicated 70’s episodes on KPFA can find the time to digitize those. fond memories of listening to that show in junior high in the 80’s has made me awfully curious about what they were playing in the 70’s

  5. gd on February 13th, 2009

    in fact, when listening to this album, i really heard no evidence of just tuned piano at all!

    i have some allaudin william mathieu albums kinda in this vein that are quite good.
    (more world music influenced and the compositions are less static)
    im gonna get around to posting them soon on my CV blog.

  6. milton parker on February 14th, 2009

    yeah I think for him ‘well-tuned’ just means putting everything through a really flanged out chorus pedal before it hits the reverb, but if the piano itself is tuned in anything but equal, you can’t hear it

    in the booklet inside it says ‘music for the spatially expanded piano’ which is actually closer to the point, but it’s as if he couldn’t precisely make up his mind

    side 4 of this makes for ok background music

  7. zengiz on March 7th, 2009

    Absolutely breathtaking. Thank you.

  8. Trangle Bangle on March 8th, 2009

    I also don’t get the “tuning” bit – it just sounds chorused, echoed, and reverbed to me. But frankly, I don’t care, because it’s an AWESOME piece of playing. Really remarkable work. As with Kieth Jarrett, you can “hear him think” in the music itself, and he’s “thinking” some great thoughts. It’s extremely sensitive playing – he’s doing a lot of listening as he plays – it’s not just coming out of his hands.

    If you play piano, this is very much a required listen.

  9. Gregoryno6 on November 1st, 2009

    I still have my copy of the original Unity LP, which I bought way back in 1982. The sound quality has deteriorated a lot so I’m very pleased to have this incredibly spacious music in digital format.

  10. Rophaien on November 14th, 2009

    Have this wonderful LP in collection and I like to advice people interested in similar music to visit my blog: “Journey to the source ov everythinG” enjoy!!!

  11. Douglas on December 29th, 2009

    The original recordings were played back and rerecorded at the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. They did a ton of test runs to get this right. Nothing else out there sounds like this record, but some of the early Harold Budd records and the Eugene Bowen record with Budd on have the same sense of space.

  12. Michael on January 24th, 2010

    Nice to see so much discussion about this great rare album (Gymnosphere:Song of the Rose). But in its description I see “x2 LP” and 4 tracks (and their titles) with track times that’d only fit on 2 records.
    My album is one record, just 2 tracks, one track per side, and with no titles, and no insert.
    Was there a double album of this? Strange, either I have a different version (the first half?) or I’m confused. If there’s a 2nd album, is it as good as the 1st one? I bet it is.
    Another quite good record (not a cd, maybe someday) is Big Sur Tapestry, by Charles Lloyd and Georgia Kelly. Flute and harp. Very relaxing and at times pleasantly mild surreal/trippy due to nice sonic effects. The second side is one track, just flute, a bit wandering, almost as nice.
    Charles Lloyd also has an earlier album Morning Sunrise, one entire side is the title track,
    sort of new jazz/new age, very good, but quite trippy/intense, able to evoke memories of ‘that realm’.

  13. TerryCollet on September 4th, 2010

    I have one of the original double albums; got it from Rose – the actual person he created this masterpiece for (Rose was the sister of my ex-husband). Loved the album back in the 70’s and still do. Found it very transcending.

  14. jocuri on September 13th, 2010

    nice and pure music

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  16. Evan on April 15th, 2011

    I love this music! it kind of has that mystic, haunting, and dire vibe that Luciano Cilio created but not as memorable. does anyone have a picture of this guy?

  17. Victoria Marie on August 11th, 2011

    I have been searching for this music “The Song of the Rose” by Jorsan de la Sierra for the past 29 years! I used this music for massage in the 80s it never left my musical memory. I searched and rediscovered it sounds like a scratchy old LP but I will continue to listen to this marvelous piano scape
    akin to… like Erik Satie who I also love

  18. Jack Aldrich on June 27th, 2012
  19. Matthew McVickar on July 22nd, 2014

    Would you consider re-uploading this? Also, what’s the difference between the release, which has two untitled tracks, and this, which has four titled tracks?