- Encountering Terrain 8’13”
- Trail Dwelling 10’55”
- Forest Arrow 8’59”
- Mission Ground 10’19”
- The Esoteric Source 7’51”
- The Giant Traveller 8’21”
- This Splendid Place 14’17”
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Crossing The Trail, the CD is on sale for $12. These are the last few copies we have left on this CD.
MikeG at Ambient Music Guide wrote: “Crossing The Trail (1998) emphasises a tribal side to the richer sound first heard on River Of Appearance. It’s more in the environmental ambience mould, laden with delicate location sounds from nature and a myriad of slow percussive grooves that suggest mysterious ritual without resorting to any kind of overstatement… Crossing The Trail is a fine example of the tribal ambient form.”
Note: the CD is the original 1998 edition (no bonus track). They are on sale for $12. The 20th anniversary digital edition includes a bonus track, a 26-minute live recording from the 1997 Projektfest with guest Steve Roach.
1988 Bio (which under-emphasize the rhythmic / percussive aspect of the album):
For vidnaObmana, music is like water. It is a singular element with the unique ability to change form, flowing and changing, but never losing the qualities of movement and fluidity. It can be very lively and dramatic, but at the same time it can be very silent and cold. As a self-taught electronic musician, vidnaObmana explored different musical areas before discovering the techniques of looping and shaping harmonies, merging layers of sound and minimizing the configurations to a few notes. His style of atmospheric music creates trance-like states in listeners who understand the language of sound. Accepting the challenge to leap into unknown and uncharted terrain, vidnaObmana refines his minimalistic sound-sculpting and expands his range of rhythms on Crossing The Trail. Exhilarated by the experience of performing live, new soundworlds are explored in which a cross exchange of harmonics herald a musical landscape rich in tonal texture and exquisite detail. Just as water takes on new structure, so too does vidnaObmana. Whether taking form as rain, ocean, ice or snow, the constant element in vidnaObmana’s music is change.
Crossing the Trail features guest musicians Steve Roach and Jeff Pearce.