Dirk Serries – The Origin Reversal (Digital)

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1 radiant down
2 remission
3 the dead air reprise
4 notion of the invert
5 transfuse the phantom

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The Origin Reversal was extremely limited; 300 copies only. Now out-of-print.

Release date: September 16, 2014
Sold out: May 11, 2015

Dirk Serries returns to Projekt Records with The Origin Reversal, a re-boot of his classic vidnaObmana sound. This is ambient music that flows from its discreet origins: sonic purity, washes of harmony, and organic textures which slow time to a phase of transcendence.

Picking up on the 1988 – 1996 vidnaObmana ambient period (mostly released on Projekt), The Origin Reversal‘s six tracks are informed with a subtlety that only comes from Serries’ decades of musical growth exploring his craft. After the understated, meditative 2012 collaboration with Steve Roach, Low Volume Music (PRO277), Serries reestablished himself as the ambient artist known worldwide for minimal, warm and introspective sonic atmospheres. Performed in real-time directly to a stereo 2-track, Serries
created these six tracks armed only with a Gibson Les Paul custom guitar and a few pedals. Despite the use of different tools from his electronic heritage, The Origin Reversal shows a refinement and maturity achieved through extensive touring, intriguing side-projects, recordings and collaborations.

The Belgium-based Serries has experimented with ambient music for over 30 years. His earliest work came out under the vidnaObmana pseudonym, until he closed the book on that project in 2007. In the ensuing seven years, he released over twenty albums under various monikers before returning to a refined stream of ambient works. October 2013 saw three solo albums on limited edition 180-gram vinyl. Unedited live performances meant to run the length of a side of a vinyl record, they were published on the boutique Tonefloat:Ikon imprint. These three LPs were followed by a few digital-only albums.

The hypnotic nature of Serries’ music comes with time and restrained anticipation. It’s all about a delicate touch that never disturbs the continuum between sound and silence.

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  1. Reviews Editor

    From Exposé

    Belgian ambient artist Dirk Serries conceived this album in partnership with Projekt Records, which carried his work from the 80s and 90s when he was operating under the moniker vidnaObmana. All five pieces were recorded live to a two-track machine using just a Gibson Les Paul and an arsenal of effects. Based on that premise, one would expect something similar to Robert Fripp’s soundscapes, since that’s essentially his live methodology as well. But this is a somewhat different animal. These pieces are generally more diaphanous and grounded with none of the dark narrative arcs often present in Fripp’s work.

    Like many in his field, Serries allows his recordings to unfold gradually and spontaneously, with plenty of time to let the washes of ambience soak in. Tracks like “The Dead Air Reprise” feature a wide array of tones all layered and intertwined into a colorful sonic tapestry. Others, such as “Transfuse the Phantom,” are harmonically more narrowly focused and drone-like. Serries also explores how much weight and intensity he can bring to these soundscapes. Tracks like “Radiant Down” employ a modest yet elegant range of notes. By contrast, a piece like “Remission” is built upon continuous chord swells that produces a heavier, thicker (and louder) construct. A tonal center can usually be found in each track, which helps provide a focal point for the listener, no matter how closely they may be paying attention. Whether you’re a fan of Serries or vidnaObmana, this is a collection worth checking out. -Paul Hightower

  2. Reviews Editor

    From Free Jazz Collective

    The album title suggest a kind of return to the basics. Indeed, Serries revisits the time when he created hypnotic ambient soundscapes under the alter-ego moniker vidnaObmana, a name he used since the mid-eighties until the the middle of the last decade, often for the same label. Serries uses his extensive experience and employs his effects laden electric guitar to sketch patiently on real-time, nuanced layers of gentle and warm sounds that transform into meditative textures. Each of the five serene, resonant soundscapes has its delicate dynamics and defined spirit and all sound surprising rich in detail, depth and color.

  3. Reviews Editor

    From Santa Sangre

    The number of projects, releases and illustrious collaborations Dirk Serries has participated in, I’d like to believe needs no clarification in an ambient-based zine such as this one. This Belgian craftsman of abrasive electronics, noise/ drone, meditative ambient and atmospheric harmonies and dissonances has been active since 1985; with his monikers Fear Falls Burning and especially Vidna Obmana, he constitutes nothing less than an ambient legend. If despite the bulk, range and accessibility of his work you’re still not very familiar with him, I suggest you start with his website (https://dirkserries.com/) and the Projekt records Bandcamp (https://projektrecords.bandcamp.com/), and take it from there.

    After successfully closing the cycles of Vidna Obmana and Fear Falls Burning, Serries decided he no longer needed a musical alter ego, and since 2008 he has been releasing under his own name. The Origin Reversal as stated in the label website was ‘performed in real-time directly to a stereo 2-track, […] only with a Gibson Les Paul custom guitar and a few pedals.’ Unsurprisingly for those of us who enjoyed Serries’ 2012 collaboration with Steve Roach, Low Volume Music, this album is strongly reminiscent of the more meditative moments of Vidna Obmana, and moves in an aura of serenity and benevolent introspection. In the CD sleeve is found the phrase ‘improvisations, streams of consciousness’, that I believe is a great start to its interpretation. Although segmented in 5 long pieces – the longest of which being the closing track, “Transfuse The Phantom”, that runs for 21,5 minutes – the differentiations between them are barely perceptible and the transition is purposefully made as smooth and seamless as possible. While the artist advises us to play at low volume, I’ve found it works better for me at average to low volume; of course that depends on the state you’re in during your listen, and the way you wish to immerse yourself.

    The titles are something of an enigma, subtly suggesting an alternate dimension full of light, energy and angelic harmonies. The first track, “Radiant Down” is the first step up this ladder of self-forgetfulness and enlightenment. The musician touches his chords lightly, caressingly, and the serene notes resonate into a clear, purified ether. The minimalistic melody and rhythm unfolds slowly, lingering on the border between ambience and music. It undulates and envelops you like a wave of mild heat, offering that familiar, numbing euphoria of warmth succeeding frost. Then ends as it began with the volume fading out, a technique that the artist uses throughout the whole album, so that the shift doesn’t intrude on the listener’s transcendental state of mind. “Remission” is more dramatic, with higher pitched drones and sharper tones, emanating a colder, more elevated atmosphere. The sound is also a bit fuzzy, approaching the area of shoegaze/ post rock but not quite breaching it. When combined with the reduced presence of melody, this slight grind in the sound gives the impression of a purification or cleansing; a process that denotes a passage, a turning point in the journey. The level of intensity remains unchanged throughout, and the volume gradually decreases for most of the final segment.

    “The Dead Air Reprise” is exactly what the title states, namely an alternate take on the basic theme of “Radiant Down”, more hypnotic and expansive than the previous version. The melody is still there, but it is less prominent, and as the title suggests it feels as if it’s being delivered in some kind of etheric vacuum. The notes become drifting, luminous shapes radiating in a light that is almost blinding. Floating in the currents of air like angelic feathers, they carry us away into this realm of supernatural bliss. It functions as a preparation and a gateway. And in this state of ecstasy and purity we come closer to the “Notion Of The Invert”, where every thing is its opposite and definitions or particularities cancel eachother out. We are everything and nothing, and so we become one with the light. This progress is noted by the presence of buzzing drones in the middle segment, and the choice of the artist to use a tighter and ‘heavier’ arrangement. The music seems as if lifting the weight of the soul forwards and upwards, gently urging it to take that ultimate step. In “Transfuse The Phantom” the guitars are finally crossing into post-rock territory, with layers of smooth, reverberating drones lending their now metallic, now ethereal-sounding voices to the performance of this mystical choir. Like the whispers of spirits, they weave a trail of ascension and spiritual illumination. The escalation is here, but it is an even, perfectly arranged one, where there is no room for feelings of uncertainty or doubt. All that exists is joy and fulfilment.

    The Origin Reversal is masterfully done, admirably inspired and absolutely distinctive drone ambient, representing the trademark sound of an artist who has rightfully gained his place among the greats of contemporary electronic and ambient music. But it is also much more than that. It’s one of those little islands of light and inner truth that have become so scarce in our world. A pure expression of inner peace and contemplation. One that if you put in but the slightest effort to access, will fill you with its bright, invigorating energy so that when your journey has ended, part of you will be renewed. How many artists can truly say that their art can change its audience? Let alone for that change to be of a permanent, lasting nature. The Origin Reversal apart from its undeniable musical worth can be a constant companion for inspiration and personal transformation, if you allow it. -Vitriol

  4. Reviews Editor

    From Star’s End

    The journey begins quietly – from out of the trembling air directly to our awaiting consciousness. The Origin Reversal (72’29”) by Dirk Serries speaks to the listener in a way words cannot. The required willingness to stretch our minds to every dimension that music occupies is essential to the full enjoyment of this release. On this front Serries is way ahead of most. Having traveled through an extensive and impressive diversity of specialized personas and landscapes under the names vidnaObmana, Fear Falls Burning, The Black Fire, Principle of Silence, 3 Seconds of Air and others Serries has at this moment settled upon exploring the beautiful mystery and possibilities in his electric guitar’s expressive timbre.

    The Origin Reversal sessions were the perfect opportunity to re-visit an earlier musical state, now informed by years of creating works outside of it. The gradual pacing, continual contour balancing and concise arrangement of sonic forms imparts all the impressions of self-portraiture. Its stark formal simplicity reduces the planes of the sonorous space into a few distinctive arcing lines of harmonic progression – in a resounding, recurring, returning and retracting ambient order. Each of The Origin Reversal‘s five parts begins quietly as notes murmur and repeat alongside one another in minimal tension. The familiar pluck of the guitar has been suppressed so these notes and chords come through in pleasant swells, yet somewhere within we may feel a tightening, a verging, a hope of release. Each new tone seems breathed into the air in an expansion of texture. Triads circulate and recycle in pleasant ways, but due to the mild discord Serries introduces into each track the sensation of resolution never quite arrives. There is a biological basis for the concepts of consonance and dissonance as the primitive parts of our brain makes sense of sounds first. Serries knows how much it takes of each to create an interesting piece of music – in an emanation that reveals truths recounted only when the last echo has subsided. -Chuck van Zyl/STAR’S END

  5. Reviews Editor

    From Unruhr

    nicht in der reihe der „stream of consciousness”, sondern unter seinem eigenen namen; ein neues ambient album von dirk serries auf dem projekt-label.

    mit den „stream of consciousness” veröffentlichungen hatte dirk serries ja bewusst die eigene (eigentlich, zumindest in ihrer ursprüglichen version, beendete) vidnaobmana tradition aufgegriffen, ebenso bewusst jedoch auch ausschließlich mit seinem jetzigen (haupt)instrument, der elektrischen gitarre umgesetzt. und tatsächlich unterscheiden sich die „stream of consciousness” von, z.b. den microphonics alben, wie auch von allen anderen veröffentlichungen seiner identitäten, die dirk serries nach dem selbstbestimmten ende von vidnaobmana und dem damit verbundenen instrumentalen wechsel angenommen hat(te). den unterschied zu hören fällt dabei leichter, als ihn zu beschreiben, die „stream of consciousness” sind möglicherweise luftiger, mehr „ambient”, dabei nicht so minimalistisch reduziert wie die vergleichsweise fast kargen microphonics live-eps, aber auch nicht so fordernd treibend wie (zumindest das 2. und bisher letzte) microphonics album. sphärisch, sich öffnend, fast symphonisch sind die kennzeichen der „stream of consciousness” identität; die selbst so benannte weiterführung von vidnaobmana mit anderen mitteln also durchaus eine passende beschreibung.

    und jetzt unter dem eigenen namen? eine weitere variation / inkarnation? eher nicht. eher nahe an „stream of consciousness”, aber ohne den projektnamen. wie dieser (bzw. diese) anscheinend ohnehin zunehmend obsolet zu werden scheinen und dirk serries statt dessen zunehmend unter dem geburtsnamen zu agieren beginnt, solo oder in kollaborationen. und ebenso daran zu arbeiten scheint, das soundspektrum der elektrischen gitarre neu / weiter auszuloten. „the origin reversal”, auch wenn diese cd im flüchtigen hören die „stream of consciousness” serie einfach weiterführen mag, basiert in wirklichkeit auf eben dieser leichten neujustierung in sound: klingt „radiant down”, das erste stück auf „the origin reversal” zunächst noch geradezu typisch vertraut, so verschiebt sich der höreindruck mit voranschreitender laufzeit immer stärker in derart einer streicherästhetik verschriebene bereiche, dass man fast gewillt sein könnte, das cover hinsichtlich entsprechender credits zu durchsuchen. bis die vereinzelten pressebilder jüngerer zeit in erinnerung kommen, die dirk serries beim gitarrespiel mit geigenbogen zeigen… und „the origin reversal” zeigt dann auch, in diesem sinne als ganzes, zu welcher meisterschaft dirk serries es im gebrauch des bogen gebracht hat… und auch wenn er, wie viele andere musiker, trademark-harmonien, -wendungen und -motive besitzt (und in seinen kompositionen anwendet)… diese „andere” art zu spielen hat ihren ganz eigenen einfluss auf das ergebnis. und dieser ist verblüffend. hört selbst. -N

  6. Reviews Editor

    From Nieuwe Noten

    Dirk Serries is een ijverig man, die het ene na het andere project het licht laat zien. Wil je als recensent zijn laatste proeve van bekwaamheid bespreken dan moet je wel heel snel zijn. Mij lukt het niet want The Origin Reversal, waar ik het hier over wil hebben, is al lang weer opgevolgd door enkele nieuwe releases. Niet dat het geen zin meer heeft om over dit album te schrijven. Verre van dat.

    The Origin Reversal is verschenen bij het Amerikaanse Projekt label. Het is het label waar Serries vroeger ook zat toen hij werkte onder de naam Vidna Obmana. Met dit album keert Serries dan ook niet alleen terug naar een label waar hij reeds eerder opnam maar ook naar muziek die hij reeds eerder vorm gaf. Niet dat we nu weer een soort Vidna Obmana op herhaling krijgen, daarvoor is Dirk Serries te veel voor gegroeid als artiest.

    The Origin Reversal is een soloalbum geworden en dat impliceert dat de klanken worden voortgebracht middels de gitaar en een aantal klankvervormers en effectpedalen. Niet dat je dat hoort, het lijkt soms eerder alsof er een half orkest bezig is!

    Het album bestaat uit een vijftal tracks die eigenlijk nog het beste te kenmerken zijn als klanksculpturen, zoals vaker het geval is bij het werk van Serries. Dat betekent in dit geval dat er geen duidelijk begin en eind is, er geen sprake is van ritme, en niet van enige vorm van beat. Er is wel een melodie maar die is zeer langgerekt en uitgesponnen. Het is meer een eindeloze reeks klankvervormingen, met opkomende en weer wegstervende klanken die over elkaar heen schuiven. Soms heel kleurrijk en met een magische touch, maar soms ook duister, op een donkere drone. Luister bijvoorbeeld naar ‘Notion of the Invert’. Het gevoel dat je krijgt bij het beluisteren van deze muziek heeft vaak nog het meest weg van een droom, of een fantasiewereld. En het is perfecte muziek om bij tot rust te komen.

    Het knappe aan deze muziek zit hem in die bedrieglijke eenvoud. Het lijkt allemaal heel simpel wat Serries hier doet, maar als je opnames vaker beluistert, hoor je iedere keer weer nieuwe elementen en ontdek je iedere keer weer nieuwe lagen. Pas dan ook valt op hoe complex en rijk deze muziek eigenlijk is en wat een groot artiest hier aan het werk is. -Ben Taffijn

  7. Reviews Editor

    From Sonic Curiosity

    This CD from 2014 features 62 minutes of dreamy ambience.

    After exploring intense guitar drones for several years as Fear Falls Burning, Series returns with this release to the ambient tuneage he crafted as vidnaObmana.

    Languid textures unfurl with seductive deliberation, establishing an atmospheric realm whose sedate harmonies lure in the listener with ease. These textures are smoothly released, manifesting as sighing tones that ebbed and flow according to their particular temperament. The gentle interplay of these tandem threads created fresh sonic identities, which in turn evolved to form more gestalts as the tunes progress. Variation is often difficult to detect, for the changes occur with such adept subtlety.

    The “tone” of these tones is generally low-key, soft and unintrusive. Mellow pulsations stretch out to near-infinite definition, undulating through each track. Their singsong character lends to impressions of expansive regions clouded by enticing effluvium.

    These compositions are designed to separate the listener from their immediate environments, lifting their attention to more vaporous vistas which invariably lead inwards, transporting the listener inside their own consciousness. There, a state of detachment mutates into a sense of connectivity with the world they left behind. Everything coexists on the same plane and thereby everywhere is equally reachable. The extreme length of these songs foster ample opportunity for the sonic traveler to satisfy their zoned-out needs. -Matt Howarth

  8. Reviews Editor

    From Textura

    If there’s a key that unlocks Dirk Serries’ The Origin Reversal, it’s located on the release’s inner sleeve, where the instruction “Play at low volume” and the clarifying detail “All improvisations: streams of consciousness” appear. The Origin Reversal can be seen, in other words, as Serries operating in ambient mode, specifically in the ambient soundsculpting style of his vidnaObmana persona, which the Belgium-based guitarist formally retired in 2007. Ostensibly, The Origin Reversal represents a reboot of the vidnaObmana project—something of a surprise, no doubt, to long-time Serries devotees who had come to believe the project was permanently over.

    In fact, the move doesn’t come as a total surprise, given the release in 2012 of Low Volume Music, his meditative collaboration with Steve Roach, and the 2013 release on Tonefloat:Ikon of three solo albums featuring long-form live performances. Executed by the guitarist in real-time directly to a stereo two-track using a Gibson Les Paul, pedals, and effects, The Origin Reversal feels very much like a natural extension of Serries’ recent output.

    If one abides by the “Play at low volume” instruction, one discovers that the album does achieve Serries’ presumed aim in the way it floods the space with multi-layered, ambient-styled textures. But the optimal way to experience the album is with the volume up, as doing so allows one to better appreciate the wave-like unfolding of the slow-burning material and the way its ripples overlap so hypnotically.

    Admittedly, The Origin Reversal does adhere to the conventions of ambient music in one clear sense, specifically in emphasizing settings that are placid, harmonious, and soothing as opposed to aggressive and dissonant. All five settings are strong, but special mention must be made of the album’s longest track, “Transfuse the Phantom,” a towering, twenty-one-minute set-piece of galaxial scope that closes the set with multiple demonstrations of expertly controlled blaze. Here and elsewhere, Serries, abetted by decades of experience, demonstrates remarkable poise and mastery in the way he shapes the material in real-time.

  9. Reviews Editor

    From OndaRock

    L’essere imprevedibile. Dirk Serries ormai lo conosciamo, e sappiamo che questa è probabilmente la sua caratteristica principale. Passa una vita sviluppando l’ambient music sintetica e un bel giorno decide di appendere le manopole al chiodo e cimentarsi con la chitarra. Nel mezzo s’inventa una collaborazione con Steven Wilson e si lascia affascinare dall’estetica della disfunzione. Il tutto dopo aver dato forma a una delle espressioni più pure e incontaminate che la musica ambientale ricordi. Arriva infine, negli anni che per molti musicisti coincidono con il “ritorno a casa”, a cimentarsi con la free improvisation. Se il saper stupire fosse una materia di apprendimento, il musicista belga potrebbe essere fra i più validi candidati a insegnarla.

    Tutto questo per dire che, senza aver avuto nemmeno il tempo di assorbire completamente lo stupore suscitato dai suoi ultimi tre (!) progetti improvvisati (Art Of Cosmic Musings, The Void OF Expansion e Yodok III, tutti datati 2014), ci ritroviamo oggi fra le mani il suo ritorno presso Projekt. Che è anche il suo ritorno alla purezza dei tempi e all’ambient music autentica. Ma non è, nonostante questo, un ritorno a casa come quello di cui parlavamo sopra. Nossignori, perché per quanto l’impagabile pulizia e perfezione sonora potrebbe condurre a pensarlo, The Origin Reversal è un disco eseguito interamente per mezzo delle rifrazioni della chitarra elettrica, che raccoglie cinque nuovi “Stream Of Consciousness” (la mini-saga Tonefloat dell’anno scorso).

    Come al solito, Serries riserva alle sue uscite pluriformato (tutti i precedenti “Stream Of Consciousness” sono stati stampati in edizione limitatissima e in solo vinile) un concentrato del meglio delle sue espressioni. I cinque flussi di coscienza trovano infatti un compimento nuovo nell’aprirsi all’esterno circostante, anziché limitarsi all’introspezione dei precedenti capitoli. I brani sono legati in soluzione di continuità da un filo, che nasce dalle delicatissime e dolcissime effusioni di “Radiant Down” – quasi un ritorno alla magica trilogia – e si dissolve nella nebbia di droni della conclusiva e bellissima “Transfuse The Phanthom”, l’evoluzione in chiave paesaggistica delle digressioni microfoniche.

    Nel mezzo, il belga trova spazio appunto per permettere al suo suono di fare esperienza. Da questa esteriorizzazione nascono il desolato affresco emotivo di “Remission” e soprattutto l’immedesimazione naturale di “The Dead Air Reprise”, una vera e propria escursione nei territori tanto cari agli Stars Of The Lid dove la profonda dimensione psicologica si fa da parte per dare spazio all’istinto. Quest’ultima trova invece il suo compimento massimo nella contemplazione interiore di “Notion Of The Invert”, una sorta di manifesto teorico della saga tutta che porta le riflessioni della coscienza alla massima profondità. L’ennesima conferma di quanto l’arte di Dirk Serries sia da annoverarsi fra le più importanti e lungimiranti espressioni dell’ambient music tutta. Rating: 7.5 (very good) -Matteo Meda

  10. Reviews Editor

    From The Digital Fix

    October, the month of Halloween, the one day of the year people actually want to plunder my wardrobe. And, seemingly in preparation for this ghoulish holiday, there are a remarkable number of frighteningly good albums emerging like zombies from the grave, here to munch through a few brains…Harking back to his earliest ambient experiments on The Origin Reversal, Dirk Serries continues to produce lush and hypnotic drones with nothing more than a guitar and his trusty effects pedals. Drawn out from a series of improvised sessions, this is album filled with a delicate warmth, a comforting blanket of massive soundscapes that is the aural equivalent of soaking in a blissfully hot bath. -Dominic Hemy

  11. Reviews Editor

    From Kwadratuur

    “Alles komt terug”: een levenswijsheid of een noodzakelijke armleuning? Feit is dat Belgisch ambientspecialist Dirk Serries met al zijn projecten, nevenprojecten en gelegenheidsgezelschappen al ettelijke muzikale oceanen doorzwommen heeft. En dan kom je jezelf al eens terug tegen. Na vele omzwervingen en op specifieke vraag, keert hij met The Origin Reversal niet enkel terug naar het Amerikaanse label Projekt, maar ook naar de dromerige, minimalistische gitaarambient van zijn eerste superlatief alias, VidnaObmana. “Play at low volume” staat duidelijk gedrukt, wat hier zoveel betekent als “lig onderuit en geniet”.

    Het is alweer een heel eind geleden dat Serries muziek componeerde voor het aquarium in de Antwerpse zoo en samenwerkte met repetitieve minimale muzieklegenden als Steve Roach of Robert Rich (het nogal onverwacht verschenen Low Volume Music met Roach twee jaar geleden niet meegerekend). Alvorens de droneartiest de wereld van obscure, duistere drones ging verkennen -denk aan de driedelige muzikale vertaling van Dantes ‘L’Inferno’- wentelde VidnaObmana zich in een rijk van droom, fantasie en melodie. Dat laatste is opnieuw de bestemming van ‘The Origin Reversal’.

    Licht verteerbare, ijle drones – het aanstrijken van metalige snaren met lange nagalm – vormen hier vijf klankcomposities met rijke kleurschakeringen. Misschien even het “rijk” nuanceren: Serries doet dat natuurlijk op zijn eentje, met één gitaar, in één opnamesessie en met een berg klankvervormers en effectenpedalen. De drum- of beatloze ambientsculpturen die hij daarmee maakt, groeien van desolate, lange tonen uit tot een regenboog met een rijk, helder palet van kleuren. Traag herhaalde snaarstrelingen bieden de houvast van regelmaat, maar een meer dan twintig minuten durende track als ‘Transfuse the Phantom’ mikt toch vooral op tijdloosheid.

    Is dit album dan enkel een nostalgische stap terug voor fans of liefhebbers? Niet echt. Een track als ‘Remission’ bewijst immers dat Serries jarenlange queeste naar de kracht van eenvoud voor verrijking heeft gezorgd. De tweespalt van diep zoemende, amicale tonen en hoog zinderende, haast zingende aanstrijken zorgt niet enkel voor een heuse glorie, maar komt bij momenten ook erg solide, bijna dreigend over. ‘The Dead Air Reprise’ daarentegen is niet meer of minder dan een opeenvolging van langzaam uitglijdende noten die in elkaar overvloeien: doezelig, loom en met de broze schoonheid van een tentakelkwal.

    Met weinig inhoud veel bereiken is de kunst, eentje waar Dirk Serries een cum laude doctoraat in verdient. Dit album prikkelt opnieuw de verbeelding en laat ruimte voor luisteraars om zelf een invulling te verzinnen. Het blijft natuurlijk inzet vragen open te staan voor deze minimale sfeermuziek, maar durf te blijven luisteren en het zal opvallen hoe rijk, divers en inspirerend dit album is. -Johan Giglot

  12. Reviews Editor

    From Dark Entries

    Met dit album brengt Dirk Serries ons terug naar de periode waarin hij als vidnaObmana actief was. Muziek met een hang naar nostalgie en drijvend op een retro gevoel. Zij het een aangename beleving, want zijn liefde voor gitaar en de link die hij legt naar ambient muziek als genre is doorleefd en ontroerd. Serries omarmd en streelt zijn Gibson Les Paul als een geliefde. Het geluid is warm, vertederend, rustgevend, weids, vredevol. En ondanks het minimale karakter is het ook muziek met een grote intensiteit en een hypnotiserend effect waardoor het tijdsbesef vervaagt en een parallelle wereld zich aan de luisteraar ontvouwt. Je krijgt een vluchtweg aangeboden, een tijdelijk onderkomen weg van alle heisa. De enkele effectpedalen die Dirk gebruikt zijn genoeg om al deze impressies te etaleren. Het geeft een mooi beeld van tot wat een doorwinterd en een door liefde voor muziek bezeten artiest met een enkele gitaar in staat is. In de intimiteit van de huiskamer worden ook de momenten van stilte plots belangrijk, want ook die stilte maakt deel uit van het organisch geheel. Muziek zonder woorden die ontegensprekelijk een positieve boodschap brengt en de hoop laat opleven dat het bestaan van een ideale wereld geen utopie is. Rating: 9 out of 10 -Paul Van de Gehuchte

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    From Rockerilla

    Il belga Dirk Serries torna alle atmosfere sognanti dei suoi capolavori a nome Vidna Obmana con il carico di conoscenze accumulate negli ultimi anni di scorribande elettriche con il progetto Fear Falls Burning.

    The Origin Reversal segna anche il ritorno di Serries su Projekt, l’etichetta americana che ha pubblicato i suoi lavori più famosi. Il disco raccoglie cinque lunghissime tracce costruite sui lenti glissandi della Les Paul di Serries, trattati elettronicamente per farli sembrare impalpabili ed evanescenti come bagliori lunari. Mantra delicati che dialogano con luci e ombre distillando melodie che rapiscono al primo ascolto. AMBIENT BLISS. -Roberto Mandolini

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    From Touching Extremes

    A few Italians and the occasional stray cat are the only ones who are cognizant about my antediluvian function of appraiser and commentator – solely in a domestic idiom – of the most evolved forms of (a-hem) “ambient” materials on the pages of my late comrade Gianluigi Gasparetti’s Deep Listenings quarterly. Among umpteen names, Dirk Serries’ work was all the rage in our houses at the time, obviously under the Vidna Obmana mask; he and GG got in touch at one point, if I recall correctly. It was a marvelous period of daily discoveries; we were constantly swapping experiences and feelings on diversely droning/reverberating albums, systematically originating playful attacks against each other’s favorites (one of Gianluigi’s targets being my esteem for Czech composer Jaroslav Krček, certainly not an exponent of the same aural territories).

    Now and then, I sincerely miss those times. That’s why – besides the authentically superior quality of the music – I rate this new message by Serries so much. Bypassing the harsher aspects of his production as Fear Falls Burning to return to a more sympathetic dimension of spacial magnitude, The Origin Reversal conveys the awareness of a serene approach to the act of existing which is emblematic of the best contemporary ambient. This does not exclude deeply interior issues, in this particular case related with the maturation process of two close friends moved by analogous energies. The Gibson Les Paul is also a favorite electric guitar over here; that definitely helps. Ultimately, you can easily imagine what this record is made of: washes of attractively swelling superimposed chordal essences, where the frequencies of numberless pitches never fight, tending instead to signify a single organism of half-ethereal extraction. Potential remote comparisons: Paul Bradley, Suso Saiz, David Tollefson and so forth. Contemplative matters of quite a high caliber, no pontifical cerebrations or superficial effects to grab the ear of the average “I-won’t-listen-but-I’ll-download” illiterate. The soundtrack of a slightly sorrowful recollection that, at the end, bends the lips upwards in a smile of affection for people and memories that have defined our earlier life. -Massimo Ricci

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