Steve Roach / vidna Obmana | Spirit Dome - Live Archive (2-CD Edition)

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Spirit Dome - Live Archive (2-CD Edition)

by Steve Roach / vidna Obmana

Two out-of-print releases from this acclaimed ambient duo are brought together in this value-priced 2-CD release.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Disc 1: Spirit Dome part 1
10:23 album only
2. Spirit Dome part 2
21:30 album only
3. Spirit Dome part 3
11:58 album only
4. Spirit Dome part 4
4:01 album only
5. Spirit Dome part 5
3:59 album only
6. Spirit Dome part 6
6:09 album only
7. Spirit Dome part 7
8:47 album only
8. Spirit Dome part 8
6:41 album only
9. Disc 2: Verucchio Invocation
7:22 album only
10. Common Ground
7:38 album only
11. Two Reptiles
12:20 album only
12. Dreampipe Dialogue
3:54 album only
13. Soundworld Collage
9:19 album only
14. Ascension
6:57 album only
15. Tribal Perspective
7:38 album only
16. Divine Innermission
12:08 album only


Album Notes
Spirit Dome returns with a perfect companion, Live Archive. Two out-of-print releases from this acclaimed ambient duo are brought together in this value-priced 2-CD release. Living proof of the power of live performance, these recordings are so immediate and engaging it would be easy to assume they were crafted over months in the studio. Live Archive, from their 1997 tour, serves as a natural complement to 2004's Spirit Dome, recorded live to stereo master in one take in a studio-like environment.
Steve Roach / vidnaObmana's 2002 CD InnerZone served as the doorway to the surreal environment explored on Spirit Dome. Recorded in one continuous 74 minute session in a hotel room in Philadelphia, this is a dark sanctuary of pure texture and beautiful, if foreboding, dissonance pulled along with pulsing beats, subtle loops and dense soundworlds.The track captures a chilling gothic ambience that offers the exploration of remote psychological states of awareness. This is achieved by way of extensive live processing of instruments including fujara (overtone flute), guitar, and the seemingly bottomless wellspring of electro-acoustic sounds found only in the soundscapes of the duo.

Live Archive, on the other hand, collects peak performance moments of pure energy and emotion from the duo's live adventures. The wide range of venues, traveling to various countries, and above all their first tour together fueled their mutual intentions, challenging the artists to create music that does not know the limits of jet lag, equipment failures, and physical demands which occur when leaving the sanctuary of the studio.

The artists write: "While our experience reached a level of spontaneous interaction in the studio, it was an entirely different dimension when performing live on stage at a specific moment in time. It was as if we were communicating with each other blindfolded, focusing entirely on the sound appearing in the moment and being exchanged back and forth while the energy of the audience and the space helped feed the process. Although we briefly discussed the structure of each concert, the magic simply came alive when we took the live performance map outside any form of logical preparation, relying on our mutual passion and instinct for traveling in the soundcurrent."

A review from Electroambient Space:
This 2009 double CD reissue of Spirit Dome from 2002 and Live Archive from 2000 is a natural pairing of albums and a natural pairing of talents. Since their fantastic Well of Souls, Steve Roach and vidnaObmana have collaborated successfully on several occasions, sometimes as a full-fledged duo, sometimes as guests on each others’ solo albums. If you somehow missed these on their first release, no true fan should be without them. Spirit Dome is the dreamier of the two, a haunting floater composed in a Philadelphia hotel room in the spirit of the moment. Divided into eight parts but playing as an epic continuous whole, this delicate work ebbs and flows serenely. Deep tribal beats appear in the second movement, yet they are somehow muted to meld seamlessly into the liquid ambience. The ethereal dark tones gain intensity, then flow into the third part which takes us deeper into the crevasse as the drums fade away. Though it shimmers at times, it spends most of its time enjoying wandering in the darkness of night. Live Archive covers a wider array of sound, culled from various concerts during 1997 both in America and Europe. Despite the varied sounds and locations, it flows quite nicely from the chanting and didgeridoos of “Verruchio Invocation” to the powerful tribal drumming of “Common Ground” to the abstract rustling noises of “Two Reptiles,” a slowly evolving, cavernous expansive tribal piece that is one of my favorites. “Soundworld Collage” starts and ends with soft organic tones but is brisk and intense in the middle. Both discs capture a range of cool sounds from two masters of the ambient genre.



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