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Bass Communion


Progressive Electronic

2.05 | 3 ratings

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2 stars Bass Communion (Steven Wilson) and Vidma Obmana collaborated together to create an album of soundscapes in 2005. There were three long tracks on that album which were drone style soundscapes. These soundscapes are very ambient and sparse, consisting of slow moving drones and very little percussion. The tracks had very little forward movement and one has to be in a particular mood to listen to them.

The third track on that album was called "Construct III". Steven Wilson did an immersive mix of that track which was an hour long, but this mix was never released. Vidma Obmana used that track, with reference to the other Continuum tracks and created what they called "Continuum Recyclings". Both artists felt that these recyclings stood on their own as far as new and distinct soundscapes, so, in reaction to the success of the Continuum release, they decided to release these reconstructions of the Continuum tracks. Thus we have the creation of The Continuum Recyclings, Volume 1 .

This album consists of 4 tracks, each one with a duration of just under 20 minutes each. Again, these tracks are also very ambient and drone like, soundscapes with little forward movement and no rhythm. Just like the original versions, you have to be in the right mood to bliss out to these. The album come in the form of a double vinyl with a track on each side. Some of the copies also had a CD included which had the unreleased hour-long immersive mix recorded by Steven Wilson. There really isn't much to say about the tracks, they are soundscapes mostly made from drones created by layers of sound. The reworkings are complex and detailed, yet most listeners will miss the details and probably won't hear a lot of difference, because they are subtle and can only be heard with a lot of concentration. This is not music for everyone, and probably only of any interest to collectors or completionists. This is ambient drone music to the max. I have a hard time listening to this at any random time, but there are times when I find it enjoyable and relaxing. However, putting my own viewpoints aside which change from one day to the next, I have to admit that these recordings are only for the hardcore enthusiast.

TCat | 2/5 |


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