We’ve got all four acts of Vidna Obmana’s “An Opera for Four Fusion Works” on sale this week, and the low prices are good through January 29th. Now’s the perfect time to complete your collection or pick up all four!
An Opera for Four Fusion Works- Act 1, Echoes of Steel Was $7.99, now $5.99
AN OPERA FOR FOUR FUSION WORKS is a unique project by Vidna Obmana and Hypnos — a four-CD album, released one CD at a time. The first disc will be released in a case (similar to the one used for Robert Rich’s Humidity) that will have space for all four discs, though slots 2, 3 and 4 will be empty. The listener can then purchase the later installments as they are released gradually, and insert them into the case. The second, third and fourth discs will not be sold in their own cases, and will be shipped in a plastic sleeve only! This will allow us to release the project gradually, and will facilitate convenient storage for the completed four-disc set. Of course it will mean that you need to purchase the first disc in order to have a proper case for the other discs.
In each of the four chapters or “Acts,” Belgian ambient/experimental artist Vidna Obmana will rework or “recycle” the sound sources of a different musician or group. The four acts will be linked in a thematic sense, but will use completely different and distinct sound sources as raw material for Vidna Obmana’s manipulation.
“Act One” of the Opera (a conceptual title only — you won’t find operatic vocals here) is “Echoes of Steel” featuring guitar recordings by Dreams In Exile. The result is an austere, yet beautiful collaging of textures at once recognizably guitar-like, and at the same time abstract and strange.
Vidna Obmana continues the bold artistic exploration he began on Hypnos with LANDSCAPE IN OBSCURITY, continued with the diptych THE SURREAL SANCTUARY and THE CONTEMPORARY NOCTURNE, and most recently the two-disc SOUNDTRACK FOR THE AQUARIUM.
An Opera for Four Fusion Works- Act 2, Phrasing the Air Was $7.99, now $4.99
“This release from 2003 offers 62 minutes of quasi-classical ambience. Accompanying Vidna Obmana’s electronics, guitars, bowed strings and infinite recycling on this recording is Bill Fox on soprano saxophone.
Taking the concept of “drone” to new levels, this music has an eternally expansive sound. The tonalities and textures flow like unbridled liquid; unfettered by gravity or inertia, they seek to fill space with their pensive disposition. The air transforms into a roiling essence, ethereal yet substantial in its shadowy presence. It’s as if thought has spilled out of the mind to take on vaporous form.
Ebow guitars and bowed strings generate the impression of an orchestral mien, distant and ghostly in its definition. Emulating a buzzsaw whose growl has been elongated until it loses its aggressive outcry and adopts a more passive euphony, these treated strings become a fundamental element that unifies man and atmosphere.
Predominant amid these soundscapes is Fox’s saxophone. Treated to become a seamless horizon of sound, the horn’s call forms impressive cloudbanks of moaning resonance. This sonic overcast blocks all light and silence, shrouding the landscape with serene moods that evoke an eternal dusk. Pulsing notes are contorted and folded back onto themselves, creating a pastiche of eerie quality.
This music offers a dense ambience that embodies dark demeanor with celestial optimism. It achieves this state with classical instruments swimming in a pool of electronic treatments. The electronics are actually secondary to the traditional instruments, used to transform rather than immerse.
Enthralling and pleasantly imperious.” –Reviewed by Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity
vidnaObmana – An Opera for Four Fusion Works, Act 3, Reflection on Scale Was $7.99, now $4.99
Each of the four acts of this project utilize different source recordings by a different artist. This time the featured artist is Kenneth Kirschner, performing on piano. The treatments and processing by vidna Obmana this time are quite daring and experimental, edging at times into the realm of “glitch” or subtle noise experimentation. Overall, though, the feel is of gentle piano sonics, with a smooth and hypnotizing atmosphere rarely disturbed by well-placed bits of digital distortion.
Belgian ambient experimentalist Vidna Obmana is working at the height of his powers here, as he nears the end of his 4-part “Opera” cycle.
The usual disclaimer applies… this music is not in any real sense “opera” music, and the term is used only to suggest the varied, multi-part quality of this ongoing release.
vidnaObmana – An Opera for Four Fusion Works, Act 4, The Bowing Harmony Was $7.99, now $4.99
The fourth and final installment in vidnaObmana’s ambitious “Opera For Four Fusion Works” project. Each “act” of this project involves vidnaObmana’s reworking and recycling audio sources from different collaborators.
Act I used guitar pieces from Dreams in Exile, Act II used Bill Fox’s saxophone recordings, Act III worked from the foundation of Kenneth Kirschner’s piano works, and this last installment utilizes the voice of Steven Wilson ( No-Man, Porcupine Tree, and the artist behind Bass Communion). Even those who are thinking “I don’t like voice with my ambient music” will really love this. It’s one of the most unusual and yet relevant recordings ever released by Hypnos, in which a very recognizable sound, the human voice, is progressively transformed from the familiar, into stranger and more “ambient” atmospheres. It’s captivating & beautiful.
vidnaObmana – An Opera for Four Fusion Works , Acts 1-4, 4CDs Was $21.99, now $14.99
Act I used guitar pieces from Dreams in Exile, Act II used Bill Fox’s saxophone recordings, Act III worked from the foundation of Kenneth Kirschner’s piano works, and this last installment utilizes the voice of Steven Wilson ( No-Man, Porcupine Tree, and the artist behind Bass Communion).
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