When we talk about elegant and graceful ambient milestones, Dirk Serries’ “The River of Appearance” fits the bill perfectly. Until this very day, the 59-minute release filled with ethereal, shimmering electronics still feels like a full immersion in uplifting, contemplative ambiences with a touch of melancholy. It features a continually evolving aural world of fluid, smooth and ethereal (string) textures, and piano. Moreover, the 8-track outcome expresses the composer’s fascination by the minimal concept of ambient music in terms of harmonies, layers, the use of loops, and subtle movement. A year after the release of this classic, Dirk decided to put an end to vidnaObmana as a project, no longer feeling comfortable anymore with the name while he was shifting his music style a bit as well.
In 2006, Projekt re-released the album as a 10th-anniversary edition with a bonus disc that contained the entire recording performed by Oregon’s Dreams In Exile The latter act though did a complete re-creation of the original on traditional instruments (an obsolete and uninteresting effort in my opinion).
From recent rumors in November 2021, I learned the Polish Zoharum label is preparing a new re-release of “The River of Appearance”. Next to a remastered cd edition in a new layout, it will also be available as a special limited edition of 50 hand-numbered copies in a wooden, flower box containing additional stuff: a tape with demo versions of these tracks + extras: pins, photos, back bag with Vidna Obama graphics.
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