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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Microphonics
« on: April 14, 2010, 02:00:07 AM »
any plans for any UK dates ever?

Well, we're working on that but unfortunately the UK remains an undiscovered country  ;) lots of proposals but none solid enough.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Microphonics
« on: April 12, 2010, 04:27:15 AM »
Hi guys, this is the tour.  For those in Europe, perhaps it might interest you...  All the links, etc. can be found on

Microphonics XII European Tour :

Oude Sint-Martinus Pastorij, Westmalle, Belgium, 10.04.10
8pm, Oude Sint-Martinus Pastorij, Berckhovenstraat 11, 2390 Westmalle – Belgium, free entrance

Goor, The Netherlands, 17.04.10
8pm, this is a private living room concert, seats are extremely limited so if you like to attend, please get in touch with the promoter : OR contact him through his myspace.

Planearihomegigs, Wanquetin, France, 18.04.10
6pm, this is a private living room concert, seats are extremely limited so if you like to attend, please get in touch with the promoter : OR contact him through his myspace. There’re tickets available with or without dinner. Also performing is Yellow 6 (UK).

Homey bar, Antwerp, Belgium, 19.04.10
8pm, cafe Homey, Sint-Paulusplaats 24, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
Also performing is Yellow 6 (UK).

Anthony’s, Ghent, Belgium, 20.04.10
8pm, originally a private living room concert, now scheduled at the Slachthuis (co-organised with Kraak), please get in touch with the promoter :
Also performing is Yellow 6 & High Wolf(UK).
Slachthuis, Slachthuislaan 100, 9000 Ghent, Belgium

Audio Unit, Hamburg, Germany, 21.04.10 CHANGE OF VENUE
7.30pm, due to heavy demand, the concert will now take place at the B-movie cinema theatre/Hörbar. Visit the website for more info.

Art Cinema Biffen (Nordkraft), Aalborg, Denmark, 22.04.10
8pm, Art Cinema Biffen, TeglgÂrds Plads 1, 9000 Aalborg, Denmark.

Flowering, Stockholm, Sweden, 23.04.10
8pm, Flowering, Skeppargatan 6, 114 52 Stockholm, Sweden.

Det Poetiske Bureau, Copenhagen, Denmark, 24.04.10
6.30m, this is an early evening show starting at 7pm sharp!
Det Poetiske Bureau, Griffenfeldsgade 52, 2200 Copenhagen, Denmark

Bis Aufs Messer, Berlin, Germany, 25.04.10
8pm, Bis Aufs Messer, Marchlewski Strasse 107, 10243 Berlin – Friedrichshain, Germany.
Also performing is N (Germany).

Wendel, Berlin, Germany, 26.04.10
9pm, Wendel, Schlesische Strafle 42, 10997 Berlin, Germany.
Also performing is N (Germany).

Kulturhafen (Werkhaus), Krefeld, Germany, 27.04.10
8pm, Kulturhafen, Hohenbudberger Str. 26, 47829 Krefeld, Germany.
Also performing The Use Of Ashes (The Netherlands).

Tonefloating, Paradox, Tilburg, The Netherlands, 28.04.10
8pm, Paradox, Telegraafstraat 62, 5038 BM – Tilburg, The Netherlands.
Also performing The Use Of Ashes (The Netherlands), No Man’s Tim Bowness(UK).

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Microphonics
« on: March 26, 2010, 01:07:01 AM »
Same here, Paul !  I just felt I wasn't qualitive enough to be included on the cd or lp. 

Sorry, drone on, that it confuses you... Why tonefloat doesn't know this ?  Pretty simple because he trusts me 200% in terms of which music should be released or not.  He never interferes with my choices, the style of music, etc.
It's for personal reasons I decided to keep the original numbering as I like to catalogue all songs, whether officially recorded/released/performed, in chronological order.  It might be confusing for some but for me it's an obvious choice and part of my Microphonics concept.  Thanks.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Microphonics
« on: March 17, 2010, 04:33:13 AM »
Why is it called Microphonics I-V (the CD reissue) and there are four tracks (Microphonics II, III, IV, V)?  ???
What happened to Part I?  :o

Part I wasn't qualitive enough to be included with the other songs for the album but it remains part of the original I-V studio session.  Therefor the numbering... Thanx.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Microphonics
« on: February 16, 2010, 04:18:06 AM »
Thanx, Modulator_esp

The photo was taken by Martina Verhoeven in New York.
The music of microphonics is for me personally an urban soundtrack so therefor every studio album will accompanied by shots from cities...

Oh yes, after long delays I finally managed to update the last fm profile with streaming audio from all albums, including the live one-sided vinyls, all tourdates, etc. After the tour I'll upload Microphonics XII as well and perhaps a few other of the live recordings.  For those who doubt it, listen to hear I'm back with full harmonic and minimal music since the early vidnaObmana days  :D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Microphonics
« on: February 14, 2010, 11:52:12 PM »
Much appreciated, Paul !  Hope you'll love the album.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Microphonics
« on: February 12, 2010, 12:07:46 AM »
I'm happy to announce that the Microphonics I-V is now out and available and it looks stunning.  Lavishly packed in a high-quality Japanese sleeve + obi.  This album features all the tracks from the debut vinyl album, unedited and therefor a bit longer.  Hope you'll enjoy the return to minimal atmospherics...

You can order the cd through

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Microphonics
« on: January 14, 2010, 12:00:06 AM »
Thank you all for the very nice feedback, guys !  I absolutely appreciate this and for me this is a tremendous confidence boost in order to continue.  The vidnaObmana story was all over but my passion for the intimate, minimal and spacious not so the microphonics series is the translation of my passion for this style of music.  No concept, no philosophy, no complex composing or recording but a way of living and playing the drones I love to do.

I would love to come over to the States, 9dragons, and it will happen one day for sure.

'Chasing the Odyssee' is still scheduled for the first half of 2010 but since it's such an huge work it takes us a bit longer to get it into the production without overlooking any relevant detail.  We hope to have it out by April.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Microphonics
« on: January 11, 2010, 12:05:42 AM »
Much appreciated !  Microphonics is something I've actually been working towards since the first days of vidnaObmana.  The search for the most purest form of music and creating atmospheres.  Something I lost control on in the prolific days of vidnaObmana but it's thanks to all experiments, collaborations and cross-overs I've been able to return to the most essential for myself. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Microphonics
« on: January 07, 2010, 11:37:57 PM »
First of all my sincere wishes for 2010, may it be above all an healthy year !  The rest will follow naturally.

A bit of selfplugging, if I may.  For those who like vidnaObmana, I can proudly say that I've been working on minimal ambient music, returning to the days of Memories Compiled 1&2, but with guitar, effects and a tube amp under my own birthname.  Returning to the purity of playing music, without the complexity of editing, multi-tracking and such but straightforward performances recorded real-time.  Microphonics is the name of the series and up till now all the releases were vinyl-only but on February 16th the debut LP Microphonics I-V will be reissued on CD.  I might even return to the States one day for a short tour.  So for those who are interested, check it out...

"a cd edition of the debut album microphonics i-v, with extended versions, will be on sale from 16 of february in deluxe mini album cardboard sleeve with obi. connecting the mid-period ambient-moods of dirk serries' former outfit vidna obmana with the more melancholic side of his current guitar drones, microphonics i-v was, at the time of its release, welcomed as a congenial addition to his catalogue - with belgian monthly gonzo circus considering the album a logical successor to vidna obmana classic »the river of appearance«.
coinciding with the extensive european tour later this year, tonefloat is now offering microphonics i-v as a luxuriously packaged cd. all tracks included on the disc are slightly longer than the original versions, approximating the atmospheric microphonics live-sets and allowing for an even more immersive journey into what canadian magazine textura called "a glimpse into the meditative heart beating at the center of serries' music". "

To pre-order :

Everything and Nothing / Re: Sad News
« on: October 19, 2009, 10:52:54 PM »
Just found out the sad news about Jim's passing.  I truly believe that Jim was one of the die-hards who kept on fighting for an ambient/electronic music community without boundaries.  His enthusiasm in his correspondence, writing reviews (he wrote plenty on my music) and his perseverance in sharing everything so passionate about our little subculture made him stand out.
He leaves us unexpected but we'll remember him forever...   

Where can you buy those Japanese versions ?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Jorge Reyes (R.I.P.)
« on: February 09, 2009, 11:40:43 PM »
In the uttermost respect for an artist that continued to amaze, inspire and provoke me at times when I was exploring the boundaries between fourth world and ambient music.
Life is so fragile,


Everything and Nothing / cd collection for sale
« on: January 15, 2009, 11:26:31 PM »
hi guys,

I'm trying to empty some shelves and therefor i'm selling a portion of my personal cd collection (from ambient, classical to noise/metal music).  All cds are in pretty good shape and the prices are pretty economical.  Email me off-list (info(at)vidnaobmana(dot)com) if you want to receive my list as a excel document.

Thank you, guys, for the kind comments on my music and 'frenzy of the absolute' specifically.  I didn't visit the forum for a while so when I checked it today I was pleasantly surprised to see a topic on my fear falls burning project.
I know that for many of my vidnaObmana fans fear falls burning is rough, noisy and overall atonal but I'm glad to read here that you're looking beyond its initial layer and that there's much more going on and the gap with vidnaObmana (not that I like it that much  ;) ) is smaller than you might think at first.

Much appreciated, the quest will continue !

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 30, 2008, 12:46:10 AM »
True enough Dirk, I've spoken with you enough to know that you are not pretentious. And it's admirable that you don't compromise your vision just to sell more copies. Sometimes integrity means more than the almighty dollar. :)

Amen to that  :D

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 29, 2008, 01:37:11 AM »
True, Joe R.  I can relate to your point of view about making your music available in the most accessible format but without being pretentious (please do know that I'm not  ;) I've learned with vidnaObmana that this is just not what I want to do.  I feel much more comfortable with smaller-scale releases but ones which are totally in tune with my vision and not because I want to sell more copies.  Please know that I'm not against cd, on the contrary in April my new fear falls burning album will be released on cd (in a digipack) (but also on 2xlp  ;) and I'm sure that I'll do some more cds in the near future with one of my other projects I've lined up.

But if I may express my preference, I'm just so fascinated by vinyl.  For instance, tonefloat (the dutch label) released a few ambient-like albums on vinyl and they truly sound flawless and to some extend warmer (but I know we can discuss this for years to come whether it truly sounds warmer than a cd).  It's just probably my feeling towards vinyl.

And again to repeat myself, the ritual of how you interact with the music by opening the sleeve, taking out the vinyl, feeling the static, putting the needle on the record, starting its speed and waiting until the first sound is being send through the needle is just mesmerizing...  sorry, guys  ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 28, 2008, 01:10:39 AM »
What exasperates me is that in some cases vinyl is the ONLY format available for a given piece of music. GRRR... what are these artists/labels thinking?! It HAS to be limiting their sales and exposure.
Vidna's Fear Falls Burning project and the Type label are two notable offenders here.

Something  I've learned with vidnaObmana is that, considering the limited commercial range, it's hardly impossible to keep all of your releases in stock.  To be honest, I never felt comfortable with carrying along my backcatalogue due to my constant search for development and creating something new.  When I stopped my vidna project, I got re-introduced to vinyl and this is why I felt so in tune with the concept that I decided to release an overweight of my fear falls burning works on vinyl and strictly limited.  Nowadays, with the return of vinyl, you can actually have high quality pressings which are almost equal to the soundquality of a compact disc.

There're actually two essential reasons why I prefer vinyl over compact discs these days.  First off is the superior packaging !  I just don't like the small format of a cd any longer (especially the awefull jewelboxes are so disrespectful to art - one exception is the japanese mini gatefold sleeve).  For a lp you can really work with visuals, photography and much more on a larger scale while adding a personal and handmade touch to it all, add to it the beautiful colors of vinyl you can have your music pressed on, and you've a luxurious release which is so more personal and unique.
Secondly, the limited length on a lp... Perhaps this sounds strange coming from a former ambient musician, a musicstyle which normally demands longform pieces and maximum cd times, but when you've only 40 minutes to your disposal (20 minutes per side that's) you do work much more focused and determined to make a statement that is to the point and much more condensed.  For the listener as well the attention span remains throughout the complete listening session, not mentioning the fact that you've to get up and flip the record to listen to the 2nd side.  This all contributes to a much more lively listening experience.

When I see how my fear falls burning vinyls are selling and how enthusiastic people respond to the covers, packaging and uniqueness of such releases, I can only conclude that vinyl is back.

And to make the circle is even more complete, I'm happy to announce that the very last vidnaObmana release will be a 8lp box-set.  1987-2007 chasing the odyssee will be the definite retrospective on Dutch vinyl specialist tonefloat. The box-set will contain 6 lps covering my solo work, selections from the releases on Projekt, Hypnos, Hic Sunt Leones and Relapse Records (thanks to the labels involved to make this all happen), 1 live lp and 1 remix lp.
After that the book is closed.

PS. It seems that my old loginname got deleted so that's why I re-registered myself...

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