The Way Beyond


"A paradigm shattering work by one of the brightest lights in today's ambient scene"


The Way Beyond with a collage of nature photos


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The Way Beyond Reviews

The Way Beyond must be considered as a massive, undulating, living, breathing ambient zone of stillness and, unusually, simultaneous constant change and transition. While the basis of this recording is layered drones comprised solely from Cole's harmonic singing, these layers are overlapped with constantly changing sonic waves and patterns which create the feeling of watching a rushing brook; all motion and churning fluid on top, but a deep, peaceful stillness beneath.

This wordless music, without connotation, has the power to unearth nameless spiritual delight within. There is no question--The Way Beyond is holy music, no matter what your's a paradigm shattering work by one of the brightest lights in today's ambient scene.

~ Brian Bieniowski, The Ambient Review


Every remarkable sound on the 70+ minute continuous piece is sourced by his voice.  Quiet, calming, and meditative; deeply textured and sublime. Achingly poignant.

~ Bill Beck

Jim employs a stunning array of sounds, such as walls of synthesizers, didgeridoo, flutes, accordion, cello, vocal choirs, and many heavenly sounds the listener has never heard before. The amazing thing is all of these sounds are performed with only his voice, using reverb and looping, "live on the fly"!

....There are deep drones and soaring, sustained notes that conjure up primal feelings of wonder and awe.  This is music that enriches and replenishes the spirit....this is a great disc for meditation, contemplation, yoga or inner journeys!                                                                                               ~ Dodds Wiley,


Imagine a very beautiful and haunting sound, filled with voices and echoes overlaying and blending, bending, growing and decaying, drifting freely in some inner or outer space, and one might have some insight where Godspace and The Way Beyond are musically situated. This is spiritual ambient drone music of the highest order....intensely beautiful and mystifying sonic edifices that are hypnotic, soothing and transcendent.

~ Peter Thelen, Exposé


Emotionally charged, meditative and just beautiful. Also the pace of the album is just perfect, moving from dense to open space with just the right amount of beauty, tension and emotion.

~ vidnaObmana



..."Astral" unfolds so gradually in wave after wave of beauty and bliss.  The music is like slowly and effortlessly gliding over a rolling landscape with the glow of soft purple light from a setting sun bathing you and the land below.

~ Bill Binkelman, Wind and Wire


  1. Astral - @ 4:53 of this Apollo video 
  2. Light Shines in Your Heart
  3. Transformations


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It is a work of staggering beauty and nuance, at once improvisational and composed.

This disc has such an emotional and spiritual resonance for me; it is as if Cole had tapped into my biorhythms for 74 minutes, occupying my thoughts, and impregnating all activity around me with meaning where before there seemed to be none.

This is timeless, important music, and I give it my highest recommendation.

~ Brian Bieniowski, The Ambient Review