Tremor

by vidnaObmana

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Brian Bourassa Tremor, the first of a trilogy based on Dante's poem "Inferno" is truly a progressive ambient composition.
It is to ambient music as Stravinsky's "Right of Spring" was to the classical genre. It is not for the casual ambient listener as it stretches every nook and cranny of the very definition of ambient.

...all this, not to mention that it's original release was back in 2001, twelve years ago.

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'Tremor' is the the first vidnaObmana recording in what will be a trilogy of albums drawing inspiration from the classic Dante poem "Inferno" with the next chapters in line titled 'Spore' and 'Legacy.' 'Tremor' showcases an unmatched sense for the bold and less spatial combination of harmonics, dynamics and experimentation. As vidnaObmana enters a new area of tribal-industrialism - a willful mix of harmony, dissonance and complex rhythmical passages - 'Tremor' displays the surreal balance between modern electronica and ancestral acoustics.

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A Bold Step Forward - A Terrifying Journey
By Victor Leclerc
As has been the case in the past, Dirk Serries (aka vidnaObmana) uses his own distinctive palate of sound, incorporates elements from his extensive and gregarious collaborations with other cutting edge instrumental ambient composers and performers, and creates a work of surprising freshness and depth. This time around, Dirk has chosen as inspiration the mental images from Dante's Inferno, shift-shaped them to conform to his auditory visions, and surprised everyone with a typically unstructured yet viscerally raw 73+ minutes of dark grandeur.

Instead of the icy, quiet cinematic calm that pervades most other vidnaObmana CDs, Tremor is a walk through levels of the underworld. The tribal drums sound more primitive, the washes are noisier and sometimes even appear to be created from heavily affected guitars (an illustration of Dirk's ever growing repertoire of sound), and the mesmerising calm is frequently shattered by a creeping malevolent sound undistinguishable but reminiscent of an unseen force breathing down the back of one's neck. The ear-walk that Obmana takes us on is a journey in which the path is deceptively smooth but the shimmering walls are rough, and the sulfuric heat one feels on the face warns of impending doom while the occasional airy flute passage welcomes us to take yet another step forward.

As usual, the pieces seldom break and are best listened to as a unified work inclusive and inseparable. For fans, be prepared to be a bit less relaxed with this one; for new listeners, be prepared to take an aural and emotional journey unlike any other you are likely to encounter.

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released September 9, 2001

Constructed & performed by vidnaObmana. Recorded & mixed at the Serenity Studio, Belgium between August 2000 and March 2001.
Mastered at Little Major Productions, Belgium.

vidnaObmana - Atmospheres, Rhythms, Various Fujara's, Overtone Flutes, Percussion, Dreampipe, Recycling & Abstract Mutations, Voice, Electric Guitar, Ebow Harmonics

Photography by Martina Verhoeven

Original Release : Relapse/Release Records 2001

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Projekt is America's premier independent label specializing in passionately intense introspective music across a variety of darkwave genres (ambient, ethereal, darkwave, electronic, goth, dark cabaret, dreampop & more). Projekt is home to a diverse roster including Steve Roach, Voltaire, Erik Wollo, Black Tape For A Blue Girl, vidnaObmana, Unto Ashes, Alio Die, Byron Metcalf, and others. ... more

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