Grant Mackay Music


A Versatile Music Artist

Grant Mackay has always been an adventurous musical artist, who has explored classical, jazz, rock, world, and electronic music. A well-rounded artist, he also has experience in conducting small chamber ensembles. His numerous releases feature his synthesizer work, nature sounds and orchestral and world music instruments.

Orange Electric Guitar

Grant Mackay Plays a Variety of Instruments, Including:

  • Piano/Synthesizer
  • Electric/Acoustic Guitars
  • Baritone Saxophone
  • Bass Clarinet/Clarinet
  • Mŕdangam (a South Indian Drum)

To explore and experience Grant Mackay’s music, you can purchase his albums through his Bandcamp website, Amazon, eBay, and Discogs, or stream them via Spotify and Apple Music.

Music Recordings Available from Grant Mackay

Wedding March for String Quartet (Single Track 2022)

This track was written in honour of my first wedding. It was performed and recorded live at the ceremony in July 1991. This track was remastered in 2021 from the original DAT (digital audio tape) and will be part of the upcoming album, “Classical Weather in a Modern Vane” scheduled for release in 2023.
Wedding March for String Quartet
Released September 22, 2022.
Composed by: Grant Mackay

1st and 2nd violins: ?
Viola: Anthony Rapoport
Cello: Anthony Christie

Recording Engineer: Grant Mackay

Available from my Bandcamp Website: LINK HERE

Music Recordings Available from Stephen Bacchus

Of Magicks, Myths & Mortals (2022 New Release)

Past lives, reincarnation, magic, Druids, the Celts, and other worlds were all themes Stephen Bacchus had composed for his two earlier releases, Ancient Mysteries (1994) and Bardo (1996). It was because of these two albums that the commission for Of Magicks, Myths & Mortals, and The Serpent’s Egg came about.

In 2000, Stephen Bacchus was specially commissioned by Frog and Nightgown Theatre Productions to compose incidental music and soundscapes for a theatrical performance of the play “Of Magicks, Myths & Mortals and The Serpent’s Egg. This album is the first time the complete incidental music to this play has ever been released. Fully remixed and remastered.

Of Magicks, Myths & Mortals (2022 New Release)

(From the original press release about the play):
“…Three druid preistesses to guide them…Two spellbinding stories of magical worlds where anything might happen…One hero to save the world from ultimate destruction…”

Composed, sequenced and recorded in 2000 at Cadorna Sound, Toronto.

Remixed and remastered in the spring of 2022 at Camborne Sound, Camborne, Ontario, Canada.

Design & layout: Grant Mackay
Special thanks to: MaryAnne Mackay

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The Memory Tap (2021)

This album “taps” into the artist’s most distant sound and music memory. What drew Bacchus into the world of “aural” art first was sound before music. In the early 1970s, he began to compose in Musique Concrete (the experimental technique of musical composition using recorded sounds as raw material). From there, he expanded into experimental electronic music and modern music (or classical Avant-guard). Sound and music have always been Stephen Bacchus’ vehicles for discovering new realms of the unknown within. “The Memory Tap” as a whole is a reintegration of the artist’s earlier sound and music explorations into his overall composer identity.

The Memory Tap

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“Deep, beautiful, often heady, The Memory Tap is an album to be celebrated.” Read Full Review Here

– Ibrahim Khider, internet broadcaster/online reviewer

“It is dreamy. It is majestic, inspirational, powerful, and it is visionary” 

– Tim Clement, composer

“A standout in the field.”

– Scott Mackay, Science Fiction author

“Spacious music…delivered with ambient shifts of tone and meaning”

– Beck H.

“…warmly ambient, fusion inspired and listenable…very meditative”

— Renee Gelpi – Interplanetary Radio Group

Hiatus (2020)

This album gets its title from the hiatus Bacchus would take between albums. During these long breaks, the artist continued to write individual tracks, and now for the first time, they have been compiled into a full album!


A digital-only release, these tracks are available as downloads or streaming exclusively on Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube Music, Google Music, and now Bandcamp!

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Circadia (2018)

Infused with “enhanced” nature sounds, ambient atmospheres, and surprising musical manifestations, this album features eight new tracks. Bacchus has created an otherworldly, natural world by using the sounds, harmonies, and rhythms of nature as a starting point for musical explorations. He adds lush soundfields, a vintage banjo and instrument samples from both the modern and the Renaissance eras. Listeners will find themselves drifting away, effortlessly, deep into the Circadian environments created by this sound and music alchemist.
Circadia (2018)
“Music that is precious carefully conceived and brought fully forth…” — Lloyd Barde of Lloyd Barde Productions

“It sounds beautiful, I love every minute of it.”

“This album can stand alongside any of the very finest ambient recordings I’ve encountered.”
— Beck H.

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Hinterland (2016)
Musical Sojourns in the Wilderness

The music on “Hinterland” was inspired by two decades of sojourns into the Canadian wilderness. Infused with the circadian rhythms of nature, each musical miniature unfolds organically, slowly, revealing in sound the hidden epiphanies of the wild in all its beauty and gentle fearsomeness.
Like the steady footfalls on the trail, this is music that takes it time. Bacchus coaxes subtle treasures from his experiences in the deepest quietudes of the many remote Hinterlands he has visited.
His inspiring melodies and original arrangements are the listener’s trustworthy guide to discover the pathways to the Hinterland within.
Hinterland Front Cover

“Hinterland” is probably the most mature and sophisticated recording of Stephen Bacchus…”
— Richard Gürtler, Music Reviewer (Bratislava, Slovakia)

“Tomita comes to mind, and Vangelis. Nice arrangements/orchestration. Uplifting indeed.”
— Tim Clément, composer

“…Pristine purity and clarity of the north woods emerges in the melodies and ambience of Hinterland.”
— Peter R., Retail Music Consultant

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The Keep (2010)
A Three Decade Retrospective

In Medieval times “The Keep” was the innermost and strongest structure of a castle. Stephen Bacchus has gone into “The Keep” of his musical archives and remastered and released for the first time – a three-decade retrospective of his works. For the intrepid musical explorer, this collection spans the entire spectrum of bacchus’ career and writing styles. It also includes the new track, “Gratitude,” written especially for this release. Now available as a 2020 Reissue: 10th Anniversary “Keepsake” Limited Edition in a special digipack sleeve.

The Keep
“The collection opens with ‘Arrival’, a three-minute piece recorded in 1997. The track is surprisingly rhythmic and melodic, has a relaxed, sunny mood and is imbued in the spirit of discovery and adventure…’Solid Atmospheres’ (1987) is a deep, meditative piece and is much more in the classic Ambient tradition, a bit similar to some works of Steve Roach from around the same time… Being a collection of pieces composed over a period of 30 years, ‘The Keep’… features all basic styles that Stephen is known for and as such can serve a good introduction for those willing to discover his musical world.”

— Review by Artemi Pugachov


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Ambient Origins
Collected Early Works (1983-1987) (Released 1998)

A collection of ambient and atmospheric works from the mid-1980s reflecting the artist’s earlier influences. Captured here, for the first time on CD, is music evocative of cavernous underground warehouses and abandoned munitions factories, deep cold Canadian winters, and lost childhood memories.

Ambient Origins

“Without a doubt, this album is an amazing tribute to the direction and framework of the ambient genre. Whether trying to ease the body or the mind, Ambient Origins Collected Works is the remedy one needs to achieve relaxed enlightenment.”
— Reviewed by Digital Artifact Magazine

“Overall, it’s an album that isn’t about to change the face of music as we know it, but, as a chill-out soundtrack, it works in all the right places.”
— Review by Senna Redmond Future Music Magazine

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