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Ambient collectors have searched for the missing link for years - a search for the albums that reflect the transition from vidnaObmana's early minimalist-ambient work to his current tribal-ambient sound. Echoing Delight, Parallel Flaming & The Spiritual Bonding -- out of print for most of the 90s -- are that missing link. This is the Subterranean Collective.
Subterranean Collective is vidnaObmana's personal collection of these classic albums, presented as a special re-packaged 2-CD set. With re-recorded portions and extra layers of drones and ambience, Subterranean Collective displays vidna's fusion of pure minimal and repetitive atmospheres with ethnic-influenced soundworlds.
Includes Vidna's first journey to the Sonoran desert to work with Steve Roach in the Timeroom.
Lush, sensual electronics wash over a lattice of ethnic percussion and field recordings of night creatures, invoking a mood of supernatural presence and ritual atmosphere. At once soothing, hypnotic, and darkly provocative, vidnaObmana fulfills the promise of Brian Eno and Jon Hassell's proposed polycultural ‘Fourth World Music’ of the early eighties. -- The New Review of Records' review of Parallel Flaming.
About halfway through its journey, "The feather cycle" shifts from drifty sheens to more-ominous moods brought on by thumping waterdrums and whispery accents. Ephemeral tones stretch across rhythm-free "The empty night" like gauzey curtains riding on a celestial breeze. The tranquil evening atmospheres and choral-like flows of "Nocturne" are embellished with crickety textures and other faint animalistic essences, then light pseudotribal percussion.
Crystalline droplets lead into the darker zones of "Spatial Prophecy;" brooding darkness swelters, sometimes illuminated by shining strands of spectral audiomotions and faraway spirit voices. The first CD closes on almost-12-minute-long "Triangle of dawn," whose gaseous billows arise to change shape in ever-so-slow-motion. The track dissipates to a near-nothingness of swampy locational sounds.
Disc two plunges directly into the grumbling didge-clouds of "The spiritual bonding" from which various vapors flow, eventually being adorned by methodical beats and shamanic touches. Long, multi-layered strands of silky synthsounds ride the gleaming breezes of "Echoing Delight" (15:03), spattered with thumping drumskins and clattery accouterments. Low poundings merge with chittery highs within the spectrally glimmering fabric of "Fleeting space."
Grittier and more active, the synthstreams of "Earth dangling" (4:00) churn in a whorling tempest of didgeridoo and drum. Robert Rich spreads a hovering layer of slow flute notes across the chasmic expanse of "From the Stepping Stone." Previously unreleased though assembled from Parallel Flaming's sessions, "Lifting charm" fills more than 12 minutes with pattering drum sounds sprinkled throughout gorgeously swelling tone-strata.
I don't throw around hoaky advertising adjectives like "must-have" very often... but Subterranean Collective earns my hearty endorsement by sweeping me back to Vidna Obmana's most-primordial explorations. I believe these neoprimitive-meets-ephemeral audiovisions sound even better today; particularly if you're not fortunate enough to already own any of the source discs, this is a 9.4 must-have collection from the masters! Thanks to Sam at Projekt for unearthing these lovely pieces.