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Anthology 1984 - 2004

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Anthology 1984 - 2004
Vidna Obmana
2004 Projekt PRO157 (CD)

2004 celebrates the 20th anniversary of Vidna Obmana. These past 20 years signified Vidna Obmana as one of the most wilful independent exprimental artists around. He recorded more than 35 CD albums, whether solo or in collaboration, of music that explored the abrasive side of electronic composition, the freeform landscapes of the isolationist ambient aesthetic, the structured interactivity of Fourth World soundscapes, international music traditions and post-classical experimentations. Vidna Obmana's ANTHOLOGY 1984 - 2004 release marks this celebration and covers Vidna's oeuvre from 1984 up 'til 2004. For the first ever, this anthology links Vidna Obmana's most succesful ambient period with his most obscure earlier phase. A period in his career that Vidna Obmana refused to recognize until a year ago when he realized that his experimental and noise phase created the foundation for what he has produced so far. Twelve selections which range in style from ambient music in the vein of THE RIVER OF APPEARANCE and his ambient Trilogy to harsh noise electronics from the early 80's. An unique and provocative document confirming Vidna Obmana's essential position in the field of electronic and modern experimental music. This CD, the first in a series of anthologies, also stands for the birth of Vidna Obmana's own label Ikon (this first release is in alliance with Projekt). The circle is complete and a new path lies ahead. Be aware this is challenging, provoking listening, shifting between omninous sound eruptions and the more developed forms of later years.
1. Shallow faith (previously unreleased, from 'Legacy' studio sessions - Belgium, 2003/2004)  
2. Second praise for last hope (previously released, from 'Untitled' cassette, Ladd-Frith - USA, 1987)  
3. The noctural air (previously unreleased, from 'The River of Appearance' studio sessions - Belgium, 1995/1996)  
4. Ecstasy (previously released, from 'Hope and Die' cassette, V-tapes - Germany, 1984-1985)  
5. Kindred spirits (from 'Crossing the trail' studio sessions - Belgium, previously released on '1654-The Cave2' CD compilation, Hands Productions - Germany, 1998)  
6. Darkness overpowers it all (previously released, from 'Untitled' cassette, Ladd-Frith - USA, 1986)  
7. Soul dislocation (previously unreleased, from 'Spore' studio sessions - Belgium, 2001/2002)  
8. By abundant rain (live) (previously unreleased, from 'The Trilogy' studio sessions - Belgium, 1990/1993, live in concert at Diogenes, Nijmegen - The Netherlands, 1991)  
9. Only fear will survive (previously released from 'Only Fear will Survive' cassette, Ladd-Frith, USA - 1985, enhancement by Brian Ladd)  
10. Bemused amphibian (from 'Experience Artaud' cassette, self-released - Belgium, previously released on 'Ecstasy by Current II' LP compilation, Schizophonia - Austria 1988)  
11. Assimilate (previously unreleased, from 'Tremor' studio sessions - Belgium, 1999/2001)  
12. Arterial (previously released, from 'Landscape in obscurity' cassette, S.S.A. - The Netherlands, 1989)  

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