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Vidna Obmana: Crossing the Trail

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Vidna Obmana: Crossing the Trail Belgian composer, Dirk Serries, aka vidnaObmana has crafted a well polished, smooth stone that glistens in the river of Sound. His minimalist, trancewalk, dreamtime whispers on Crossing the Trail rates right up there with Steve Roach, Robert Rich, and Nik Tyndall, to mention just a few. In fact, Roach guests on this release having collaborated with vidnaObmana in past creations.

Seamless, drifting, boundless, lilting, waves and rivulets of sound wash over you in the 69 plus minutes, that pass by in a timeless void. Seven journeys await you, each pouring into the next, "Encountering terrain" to "Trail dwelling" and into "Forest arrow", I hear a percussive, gently driven, trilogy, flowing from the headwaters of imagination to the broad expanses of vision.

"Mission ground" glides you out onto a still lake of mists and ominous foreboding. That which pursued you in the first three pieces slowly draws near again, creeping out of the shrouded silence. Very tribal, very cryptic, very close but you elude them. They pass by unseen. Only insects in the edge of your mind can see you now.

"The esoteric source" is, to me, passage inside a great Temple, the Hall of Records, spanning this tributary of Time we know as Life. Borges said, "Time is a river . . ." and vidnaObmana opens the ineffable gates of lucid dreaming with this piece. Cascades of memory echo as you pass through the dark-light portals.

"The giant traveller" speaks to me of secrets now learned, we walk now in wisdom, unafraid of the darkness and the pace is our own. We have stepped beyond shaman, beyond fear and into the determination of Light. We are lucent beings and the serpents withdraw into shadows. We look down to see the jungles vanish beneath our feet. Gravity is behind us.

"This splendid place" is the dimension of all our aspirations, now complete. Pain is past. Sorrow is unknown. Quicksilver, ebony dark seas caress the shores of the Overworld. Here is the land of the undiscovered way, the paths few trod, the pass through the snow-covered mountains on the edge of Being.

vidnaObmana guides the soul in Crossing the Trail.

vidnaObmana has learned his lessons well and offers this gift of thanks.

Cyberhome: http://www.vidnaobmana.org


Track Listing: (see review)

Personnel: Vidna Obmana: nearly everything, Steve Roach helps out a bit in spots, (the ambient guide and helper)

Title: Crossing the Trail | Year Released: 2000 | Record Label: Projekt


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