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Sleeping Dogs Lie 30apr10: Steve Roach, Vidna Obmana

Steve Roach / Vidna Obmana
“Somewhere Else”
(2005)

1. Somewhere Else 73:55

First released as a limited edition of 2000 in 1998, the 3-CD box set “Ascension of Shadows” quickly sold out, and has remained a highly-desired prize for Roach and Obmana fans. In response to consistent requests, Projekt has initiated a reissue series which will present each disc as its own release, using John Cagian principles: the release dates are hinged upon when PRO177, PRO188 and PRO199 arrive on Projekt’s release schedule.

The first release in the series is the long-form piece “Somewhere Else”. This track is without doubt among the most serene, purely atmospheric and non-threatening of Roach and Obmana’s recorded work together, and was originally presented in the “Ascension of Shadows” 3-CD box set, which was subtitled “Meditations For the Millennium”. The intentions for creating a place of solace for what the artists were sensing, with the approaching anticipation of the year 2000 and beyond, feels especially potent and nourishing when heard now.

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Sleeping Dogs Lie 19: Vidna Obmana

A beautifully packaged three-disc set from the Projekt label, The Trilogy represents some of the best work of Belgian ambient composer Vidna Obmana. The albums–Passage in Beauty, Shadowing in Sorrow, and Ending Mirage–were all recorded between 1990 and 1992 and showcase Obmana’s more serene, percussionless compositions. Long stretches of ethereal keyboard wax and wane, overlapping one another in smooth succession. Peaceful echoes of distant chimes weave themselves into the mix, adding a touch of melancholy. It’s a perfect blend of goth and new age–relaxing yet darkly contemplative. The Trilogy also serves as a kind of stopping point for Obmana, a transition from the postindustrial soundscapes of 1989’s Monument of Empty Colours to the tribal rhythms of 1993’s Echoing Delight and his later collaborations with ethno-ambient maestro Steve Roach. Three hours of pure, medicative bliss.

01. Vidna Obmana: “Awaken In Floating Colors – composition 1 (opening)” (from “The Trilogy – CD1: Passage in Beauty”, Projekt, 1995)
02. Vidna Obmana: “Of Great Constancy” (from “The Trilogy – CD2: Shadowing in Sorrow”, Projekt, 1995)
03. Vidna Obmana: “Over Angels Grief” (from “The Trilogy – CD2: Shadowing in Sorrow”, Projekt, 1995)
04. Vidna Obmana: “Luxurious” (from “The Trilogy – CD3: Ending Mirage”, Projekt, 1995)
05. Vidna Obmana: “Ending Mirage” (from “The Trilogy – CD3: Ending Mirage”, Projekt, 1995)

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