Vidna Obmana (aka Dirk Serries) has embarked on a journey that will eventually cover four CDs. It is An Opera for Four Fusion Works. Act One: Echoes of Steel (Featuring Dreams in Exile) has five scenes, all of which star Serries on guitars, e-bow, synths, vocals, and endless recycling. He recorded these stunning atmospheres over 13 months, from April of 2001 through May of 2002. This is cutting edge e-music. Serries combines acoustics, electronics, and processes expertly to forge a unique experimental sound that shimmers. The organic textures are harsh and cold. The exiled dreams are in different worlds. The atmospheres provide structure for the soundscapes and have no structure. This ambiguity defines the existentialism of Serries' sound worlds. The unique experience has no valid comparison. In terms of emotional response, this CD rates with the best of Jeff Pearce, Steve Roach, and Robert Rich.
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AllMusic Review by Jim Brenholts