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Fear Falls Burning: The Infinite Sea of Sustain (Audio DVD) (OS)

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Tracks

  1. biding the storm with gaze (oct 29 2005)
  2. the wretched heart in oblivion (may 14 2005)
  3. the place to which we now came (oct 22 2005)
  4. growingc louts out of my own fiery throat (may 18 2005)
  5. death shall have no dominion (may 12 2005)
  6. the echo that burst the ear (oct 12 2005)

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Limited to 500 copies. This Audio-only DVD feature 6 full-length and exclusive live concerts Fear Falls Burning; six uninterrupted improvisational compositions, totalling more than 4-1/2 hours of music. This is not a video. It’s all about taking advantage of the DVD format as a more cost-conscious and convenient way of presenting the music.

Fear Falls Burning is Dirk Serries’ love letter to the world of electric guitar drones. Serries, best known for his solo act VidnaObmana, launched Fear Falls Burning in the winter of 2005 as an outlet for his fascination with lo-fi and post-rock music, and as a way to return to his roots in drone music, where he first began 22 years ago. By processing the sounds of his Les Paul guitars through a large and elaborately configured collection effects pedals, Serries produces improvisational music that is by turns meditative, rhythmic and occasionally thunderous. A typical performance begins with a simple, sustained guitar chord. This opening sound seeds the ground from which the entire piece is grown. As the looping and processing techniques are applied, the music evolves, dictating the direction of the performance. It is truly an improvisational process, but at the masterful hands of Serries, one that spins a new and mysterious kind of music, fully infused with a rare passion and soul. Organic variations and imperfections are spontaneously introduced, giving the performance a rich hue of unpredictability. Looped patterns of sound rise and fall, mutated by a succession of real-time treatments. This improvisational technique is the defining characteristic of Fear Falls Burning.

In the spring of 2005, and again in the autumn of the same year, Serries took Fear Falls Burning on tour, performing in Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium. The shows were all recorded, and the best performances were chosen for release. Originally envisioned as a boxed set of six CDs, The Infinite Sea of Sustain morphed into a single DVD containing more than 4-1/2 hours of music. Each of the six performances is a single, uninterrupted improvisational composition, accompanied on screen by an abstract live photograph from the concerts; these are not music videos, and there is no motion picture footage. It’s all about taking advantage of the DVD format as a more cost-conscious and convenient way of presenting the music, and it plays in any standard DVD player. For best sound we recommend playback through a stereo sound system. An on-screen menu allows listeners to play the entire collection or choose individual concerts, but the use of a television is optional. Simply hit “Play” on your remote to start the program.

The Infinite Sea of Sustain is a special release, and naturally the packaging reflects its special status. In keeping with Soleilmoon’s uncompromising standards this DVD is presented in a stunning 5 x 8 inch (12.5 x20.5 cm) folder made from hand-processed wood grain paper. The paper was custom made for Soleilmoon by Shantilal & Sons of Bombay, India, and no two copies are alike. The texture is an unbelievably fluid vision of wood; mere words cannot do it justice. A screen-printed insert and three postcards rest with the disc in a pocket inside of the folder, and an o-band on the outside holds the whole package together.

Weight .5 lbs
Label

Soleilmoon

Release Year

2006

Format

Audio-DVD

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