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Ascension of Shadows Complete

by Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana

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mysticwolf75 A few years back (2007 I think), I found this rare 3 disc box set treasure on eBay and was fortunate enough to be home when the auction ended - I stayed with it until the end and got the winning bid, $36! I had the Projekt reissue of disc one, but this was the first time I got to finally hear the other 2 discs. Glad to have the digital version now - some potent soundworlds here.
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Marcin Olejniczak Magnificent sound current. Electrical / watery stimulus. This album really deserves re-release in a physical format. Epic. Favorite track: Revealing the Secret.
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petco It is hard to choose favorites from Steve. I have been enjoying this one for a while now and I have to say that this clearly is an ascension. I can listen to it over and over and over. Thank you, again, Steve!
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Somewhere Else 01:11:17


Over 3 hours - Originally released as three 74 min CD's in a collectors box
This touchstone collaborative work between Steve Roach and Vidna Obmana is sure to delight those who appreciate the more serene, atmospheric side of their work together. On Ascension, the artists return to a more minimal core of sounds and approaches to reveal an atmosphere of mystical beauty that flows for over three hours. As the acceleration toward the new century and the year 2000 built this music was created with the intention to create a sonic sanctuary for repose.

The box set release sold out long ago but we are offering the full digital release and also the last copies of Somewhere Else - one the 3 disks that was released on Projekt.


Ascension of Shadows
20th anniversary celebration

Steve Roach / Vidna Obmana’s 1999 release was an ultra-immersive 3CD collection subtitled “Meditations For the Millennium.” With the intention of creating a place of solace for what they were sensing with the approaching year 2000 and beyond, the three and a half hour work feels especially potent and nourishing when revisited today. Available as a limited edition of 2000, it quickly sold out and remains a popular title with Roach/Obmana fans. To celebrate 20 years, Projekt makes Ascension of Shadows a name-your-price download here at Bandcamp for a limited time.

“This set remains among our favorite work from the many collaborations we created together. Recorded in Belgium in October 1997, the music creation flowed over the course of a week, with each day building to the next. During this time in the studio, our collaborative/improvisational connection moved towards a telepathic interaction. This mode is the place we thrived. We hardly spoke words, working instinctually and speaking though sounds and music; always reaching for an expression of pure emotion that emanated from the cracks between worlds to which our ears were tuned. Twenty years later it feels like we just created this last week.”
- Steve Roach - Vidna Obmana 12-10-19

A review of Ascension of Shadows from MUZE by Darren Bergstein:
Some of Roach and Obmana’s most introspective and immersive recordings in years. Drones wrenched out of some nameless void cruise slowly through great vacuums of space, the only intrusion coming from stark, unearthly tones that sometimes grow, sometimes recede, into the ebony background. Using a vast array of sound and signal processors, synths and a number of acoustic noise-makers, Roach/Obmana may very well be the acknowledged masters of “anti”-ambient music, music that emerges from the shadows, often erupting out of the blackness, in your face and probing, but simultaneously willing to nestle comfortably in the darkness. These are sounds that might seem to be nearly imperceptible until they suddenly grab the surrounding environment in their awe-inspiring, immense grip. Inner space music with a definable edge.


released December 13, 1999


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