|The River of Appearance|
10th Anniversary 2-CD edition
Vidna Obmana, Dreams in Exile
2006 Projekt PRO185 (CD)
Projekt re-releases Vidna Obmana's classic THE RIVER OF APPEARANCE with a bonus disc, the entire album performed by Oregon's Dreams in Exile. River was a high point of Obmana's early compositional style, presenting a minimal and serene flow utilizing sparse piano lines which intermingle with drifting keyboard loops and organic rainstick sounds. There is an overall harmonic unity on these 8 pieces, stripping dense walls back to reveal a slowly changing sound configuration. The second disc is not merely bonus tracks, but a complete re-creation of the original on traditional instruments.
Re-experience the everlasting melancholy of THE RIVER OF APPEARANCE on this exceptional 10th anniversary 2-CD release.
Kirk of Dreams in Exile writes: "Corey and I have always been fans of the nearly lost art of albums. Between us, we can think of at least a dozen complete albums in which each melody, inflection, and subtle quirk are etched completely in our minds and memories. THE RIVER OF APPEARANCE is one of these. The first track I heard from THE RIVER OF APPEARANCE was in 1996 while driving on the deserted Palisades Parkway at 4:00 am. I was spinning around the radio dial when I suddenly heard a distant, unearthly moan that seemed to originate somewhere outside my car; it was "Ephemeral vision." Four years later, Vidna Obmana invited us to record River ourselves. The compositions were scored using an invented technique which involved drawing visual navigational charts of each piece. With the help of a children's choir, a cellist, and two horn players, the River was diverted into a different channel -- one in the realm of Dreams in Exile."
Reviews of the original CD:
"Eight atmospheric pieces from thie Belgian composer. At times, sparse, pretty piano lines float over shimmering walls of electronics, evoking a melancholic yet romantic feeling. At other moments, cyclical melodies interweave with each other in a slowly moving stream of sound which stirs the imagination. The talented Vidna Obmana continues to evolve and refine his music, now draping his spacey aural atmospheres with more defined melodies." -- Bryan Reesman, Alternative Press reviewer
"Nothing in Vidna's previous releases will prepare you for the glories, the passion, and the transcendental beauties of this release. This is a crowning achievement; in the heavenly, soaring, shimmering, meditative vein. This is a must-have release for all lovers of space and ambient music." -- Bill Schroeder WEFT / Epiphanies Radio