Western Spaces

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Western Spaces
Western Spaces Fortuna.jpg
Studio album by Steve Roach, Kevin Braheny and Richard Burmer
Released 1987
Recorded The Timeroom and Kevin Braheny's studio, Los Angeles
Genre Ambient
Length 68:51
Label Fortuna
Producer Steve Roach, Chuck Oken, Jr.
Steve Roach chronology
Quiet Music 3
(1986)Quiet Music 31986
Western Spaces
The Leaving Time
(1988)The Leaving Time1988
Kevin Braheny chronology
Lullaby for the Hearts of Space
(1986) Lullaby for the Hearts of Space1986
Western Spaces
(1987) Western Spaces1987
(1988) Galaxies1988
Richard Burmer chronology
Bhakti Point
(1987) Bhakti Point1987
Western Spaces
(1987) Western Spaces1987
On the Third Extreme
(1988) On the Third Extreme1988
Alternative cover
Innovative Communications release.
Innovative Communications release.
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Q favorable [2]

Western Spaces (1987) is a collaborative album by the American ambient musicians Steve Roach and Kevin Braheny. This album is the first of Steve Roach’s many musical tributes to the Southwestern Desert.

On several tracks Kevin Braheny uses his trademark sound created by playing a cello preset on his Steiner EWI (Electronic Woodwind Instrument). This album was originally released on the Innovative Communications label by Chameleon Records as a Steve Roach/Kevin Braheny/Richard Burmer album and was released later the same year on the Fortuna label as a Steve Roach/Kevin Braheny album, with Burmer's solo contributions (“A Story from the Rain” and “Across the View”) replaced by two pieces from Roach.

The liner notes contain a poem by Roach's wife Linda Kohanov from which many of the song titles and perhaps the album title were derived.

Track listings[edit]

Innovative Communications (Chameleon Records)[edit]

  1. ”The Breathing Stone” (Roach) (6:46)
  2. ”Desert Walkabout” (Braheny) (7:03)
  3. ”A Story from the Rain” (Burmer) (7:08)
  4. ”Desert Prayer” (Roach, Braheny) (12:33)
  5. ”Across the View” (Burmer) (4:40)
  6. ”In the Heat of Venus” (Roach, Brennan) (22:42)
  7. ”Western Spaces” (Roach, Braheny, Burmer) (6:07)


  1. "The Breathing Stone" (Roach) (6:46)
  2. "Desert Walkabout" (Braheny) (7:03)
  3. "New Moon at Forbidden Mesa" (Roach, Brennan) (5:40)
  4. "Desert Prayer" (Roach, Braheny) (12:33)
  5. "In the Heat of Venus" (Roach, Brennan) (22:33)
  6. "The Slow Turning" (Roach) (7:40)
  7. "Western Spaces" (Roach, Braheny, Burmer) (6:07)