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.