Vidna Obmana — Twilight of Perception
(Projekt ARCHIVE 15, 1995/1998, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1997-05-01
Belgian composer Vidna Obmana has been on the Fourth World electronic scene for quite a few years now, using electronics, percussion, tape loops, and processing to produce music with a rich, dark, ambient texture that shimmers with warm subtleties. The music on this CD is a collection of previously unreleased tracks and outtakes from various compilation discs spanning from 1990-95. Some of the material here is, in a very basic way, comparable to the work of Steve Roach, with whom Obmana has collaborated on past projects. The percussive elements herein — clay pots, frame drums, shakers, rainsticks and so on — combine with the cyclical waves of electronics and processed sound-loops to produce an almost trance-like dreamscape, each cycle taking the listener through doors leading deeper into subconscious realms. This is the music of pure experience, where the listener yields control to its power to guide and refresh the spirit. Standard warnings apply regarding operating heavy equipment while listening to this; most will find this unsuitable for the afternoon commute. Recommended!
Related artist(s): Dirk Serries / Vidna Obmana / Fear Falls Burning
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