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HAKOBUNE & DIRK SERRIES - Obscured By Beams Of Sorrow

Other Ambient (and related) Music / new music
October 21, 2015, 10:36:48 PM
happy to unleash some new tunes and themes, enjoy :
now available as pre-order -
listen to the teaser :

BUOYANT collaboration with RUTGER ZUYDERVELT (MACHINEFABRIEK) (CD/LP or CD, Consouling Sounds 2015)
now available as pre-order -
listen to the teaser :

(CD, Projekt Records) - follow up to THE ORIGIN REVERSAL
now available as pre-order -
listen to the 'secret' teaser :
Other Ambient (and related) Music / The Origin Reversal
September 18, 2014, 03:57:57 AM
I returned to Projekt Records with a new solo album under my own name, referring to the 'classic' vidnaObmana albums from the mid eighties, early nineties, but executed solely on guitar... for those who might be interested...
available through Projekt or on bandcamp
Slowly but with stronger focus and refinement I've been returning with joy to my classic vidnaObmana ambient music ('88 to '96), in concert and in the studio.  At our tonefloatikon bandcamp we've published 3 new digital albums in the Streams Of Consciousness series and later this year Projekt Records will release a CD with newly recorded music in the same vein.

Read what Tokafi wrote about the first set of Streams albums.

"Dirk Serries – Streams Of Consciousness 130806 / 131006 / 131106 (3xLP). In a new series of releases, sound sculptor Dirk Serries has reached a new phase in his work. Some artists have a penchant for grand, sweeping statements, summing up several years of work within a single album. Dirk Serries, meanwhile, has always preferred taking small, incremental steps, documenting his work in a multitude of gradually progressing releases. With the first entries in the Streams of Consciousness series, he has now reached a new plateau, a moment where one phase of work ends, blending into and initiating another. The analogy with painting, always implicit through his hands-on sculpting, shaping and coloring of sound, has become strikingly explicit here: On six expansive twenty-minute canvases, he is working with a minimum amount of timbres, techniques and brushes, confidently applying slender strokes of black, gray and blue water paint like the imaginary Japanese visual artists in Bill Evans's liner notes to Kind of Blue. "These artists must practice a particular discipline, that of allowing the idea to express itself in communication with their hands in such a direct way that deliberation cannot interfere", Evans wrote at the time, and while Serries is too much of a ponderer to put his reason to sleep entirely, it is true that he has let go of pre-conceived expectations more completely than ever before here. Rather than moving into a particular direction, these yearning guitar meditations are quietly resting in time, replacing development with ambiance, horizontal movement with space, complexity with intuition. It took William Basinski twenty years to understand that his long loop pieces didn't need any embellishments and with these LPs, Serries appears to have arrived at a similar realisation: The more he is taking away, the richer his music is becoming. His floating webs of interconnected lines shift with the grace of a prism in slow motion, its components repeating, yet never returning to the same point twice. Commentators have noted the calming effect of these compositions, but that impressions depends on your perspective. In the absence of grand, sweeping statements, intricate details keep the attentive observer on the edge of his seat, minute refinement transcending into breathtaking suspense." Tobias Fischer/Tokafi
Very proud to finally lift up the curtain on this well-kept secret : Tonefloat and I are about to exhume their joint venture tonefloat:ikon imprint. Originally founded for off the map releases in ultra limited quantities, tonefloat:ikon will continue to do exactly that. Dirk serries' homage and return to the pure harmonic sonic dwellings, reminiscent to his vidnaObmana ambient phase will be caught on strictly limited one off vinyl releases in runs of 99 copies only,  beautifully housed in a special embossed custom sleeve, numbered insert card and instant download when (pre)ordering.  Check it out :
a bit of self-plugging here, from the upcoming new studio album :

on tour with MONO :
Nov 27, 2012 - Gebäude9, Cologne - Germany
Nov 28, 2012 - Vooruit, Gent - Belgium
Dec 11, 2012 - Rockhal, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxemburg
Dec 12, 2012 - Jubez, Karlsruhe - Germany

2013 tour dates to be announced soon...

This is arguably the biggest project ever released on tonefloat. first announced as early as 2006, Chasing The Odyssee comprises 37 tracks on eight vinyl discs and an oversized 24-page booklet featuring exclusive liner notes. Covering the years 1987 to 2007 and following in the footsteps of an earlier set dedicated to the project's obscure tape years, it documents Dirk Serries's gradual development from an industrial sound sculptor to an artist equally at home in the world of electronica and contemporary composition.
Over the course of these 20 years, he would influence the gradual growth of ambient from nothing but a fleeting idea by Brian Eno to an established and challenging genre, sell 10,000 copies of his classic The River Of Appearance, write a soundtrack for the giant aquarium of the Antwerp Zoo and work with the likes of Steve Roach, Steven Wilson and a symphonic orchestra. Most of all, he would efficiently demonstrate that stylistic limitations are purely rooted in a lack of imagination.

To make these developments and changes transparent, Chasing The Odyssee has been divided into four chapters. While two records present a selection of pieces recorded and originally released before 2000, four sides have been reserved for a variety of previously unreleased Justin K. Broadrick remixes and live tracks providing for a hands-on impression of how powerfully the vidnaObmana studio sound studio sound translated to the stage.  Meanwhile, highlights from two unique cycles make up the extensive middle section of the box: the Dante Trilogy,a collaboration with ground breaking extreme metal label Relapse, as well as Serries's Opera For Four Fusion Works (for Hypnos), an uncompromising stint into the world of the avant garde. Many of these pieces have long been out of print, but merely compiling oddities is not the aim of Chasing The Odyssee. Rather, it intends to present the music on the format they would have been released on in an ideal world in the first place and at premium acoustic quality – vidnaObmana has certainly never sounded better. Rather than resting on his laurels for the rest of his career, Serries decided to end the journey at its peak. Now, you can relive the experience.

From the liner notes: "listening to these records from beginning to end will take you on a personal journey, which, despite its occasional twists and turns, is devoid of stereotypical cliches and mythical transfigurations. Chasing The Odyssee is not just a collector's item. Cinematic, evocatively physical and full of memories, it is a perfect representation of everything that vidnaObmana has stood for over the last 23 years."

Chasing The Odyssee, pressed on eight 180 grams black vinyls discs, is packed in a hardback box with lid, and comes with 1 24-page booklet.
The release date for the box (which is limited to 400 copies) is January 24, 2011, and is available for pre-orders from the tonefloat store at the introductory price of only 49.99 euros (plus postage).
Other Ambient (and related) Music / concert stream
July 26, 2010, 10:51:09 PM
For those interested in my Microphonics series, here's the full-length stream of one of my most recent concerts.
Made available by the fantastic Fluid Radio from the UK and expected as a limited live lp (yes indeed on vinyl once again) in December 2010, but for now here's the stream :

Hope you'll enjoy the next phase after vidnaObmana and Fear Falls Burning, this one is for keeps...
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Microphonics
January 07, 2010, 10:37:57 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 / cd collection for sale
January 15, 2009, 10:26:31 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.