vidnaObmana: the River of Appearance (2-CD)


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disc 1 – vidnaObmana – the River of Appearance

  1. the Angelic Appearance | MP3 excerpt
  2. Ephemeral Vision | MP3 excerpt
  3. A Scenic Fall | MP3 excerpt
  4. Night-Blooming
  5. The Solitary Circle | MP3 excerpt
  6. Weaving Cluster
  7. Streamers of Stillness | MP3 excerpt
  8. The Ominous Dwelling | MP3 excerpt
disc 2 – vidnaObmana – the River of Appearance
re-creation by Dreams in Exile
  1. the Angelic Appearance
  2. Ephemeral Vision
  3. A Scenic Fall
  4. Night-Blooming
  5. The Solitary Circle
  6. Weaving Cluster
  7. Streamers of Stillness
  8. The Ominous Dwelling


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(10th Anniversary 2-CD edition) | Projekt re-releases vidnaObmana’s classic the River of Appearance with a bonus disc, the entire album performed by Oregon’s Dreams in Exile. River was a high point of Obmana’s early compositional style, presenting a minimal and serene flow utilizing sparse piano lines which intermingle with drifting keyboard loops and organic rainstick sounds. There is an overall harmonic unity on these 8 pieces, stripping dense walls back to reveal a slowly changing sound configuration. The 2nd disc is not merely bonus tracks, but a complete re-creation of the original on traditional instruments. >Re-experience the everlasting melancholy of the River of Appearance on this exceptional 10th anniversary 2-cd release.

Kirk of DiE writes: “Corey and I have always been fans of the nearly lost art of albums. Between us, we can think of at least a dozen complete albums in which each melody, inflection, and subtle quirk are etched completely in our minds and memories. the River of Appearance is one of these. The first track I heard from the River of Appearance was in 1996 while driving on the deserted Palisades Parkway at 4:00 am. I was spinning around the radio dial when I suddenly heard a distant, unearthly moan that seemed to originate somewhere outside my car – it was “Ephemeral vision.” Four years later, vidnaObmana invited us to record River ourselves. The compositions were scored using an invented technique which involved drawing visual navigational charts of each piece. With the help of a children’s choir, a cellist, and two horn players, the River was diverted into a different channel – one in the realm of Dreams in Exile.”

Reviews of the original cd:
“Eight atmospheric pieces from thie Belgian composer. At times, sparse, pretty piano lines float over shimmering walls of electronics, evoking a melancholic yet romantic feeling. At other moments, cyclical melodies interweave with each other in a slowly moving stream of sound which stirs the imagination. The talented Vidna Obmana continues to evolve and refine his music, now draping his spacey aural atmospheres with more defined melodies.” -Bryan Reesman, Alternative Press reviewer

“Nothing in Vidna’s previous releases will prepare you for the glories, the passion, and the transcendental beauties of this release. This is a crowning achievement; in the heavenly, soaring, shimmering, meditative vein. This is a must-have release for all lovers of space and ambient music.” – Bill Schroeder WEFT / Epiphanies Radio

Weight .4 lbs


Release Year

1996 / 2006




  1. Reviews Editor

    From Sequencer Welten

    Nach der The Origin Reversal bin ich erstmal ganz vorsichtig an weitere Musik von Dirk Serris, bzw. Vidna Obmana herangetreten.
    Nachdem ich aber Ausschnitte der The River Of Appearance gehört hatte, schöpfte ich neuen Mut und bestellte sie mir. Mein Mut wurde belohnt und ich bin froh, dass ich an Dirk´s Musik drangeblieben bin. Das Original brachte Dirk Serries unter seinem Pseudonym Vidna Obmana bereits 1996 heraus, 5 Jahre später erschien die Musik im neuen Gewand: mit Gastmusikern, akustischen, traditionellen Instrumenten und Vocalisten ….. ich war wirklich erleichtert, dass es auch “leichte” Musik von Dirk Serries gibt!!

    Athmosphärische, ruhige und harmonische Stücke im Ambientstil, die durchaus meditativen Charakter hat. Obwohl die beiden CDs die gleiche Tracklist aufweisen, wirken sie sehr unterschiedlich. Die erste CD ist elektronisch und minimalistisch ausgelegt. Ideal zur Entspannung und Meditation.

    Die zweite CD wirkt wesentlich lebendiger und frischer, was auf den Einsatz von einigen traditionellen Instrumenten und Vocalisten zurück zuführen ist. Beide Versionen haben ihren eigenen Charakter und eigenen Reiz: wirklich eine sehr schöne Bereicherung in meiner CD-Sammlung. Ein “Must-Have” für Ambient-Fans! -Uwe Sasse

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