Release: 18 November 2016, by Dirk Serries (a.k.a. vidnaObmana) on Tonefloat Records.
“Microphonics XXVI-XXX : Resolution Heart” is a breathtaking farewell to a remarkable series of releases (studio and live) for Tonefloat Records. An album that captures the essence of [Serries’] music.”
Resolution Heart, the final offering in Dirk Serries’ ‘Microphonics’ series (Serries’ series, seriously!) is an encompassing minimalistic soundscape & a masterful work of aural art. The listener has their work cut out for them as they parse through the various sounds coming at them, by way of Mr. Serries’ electric guitar, electric violin & fender Rhodes…along with analog and digital effects, which mold the sound-wall (mastered by Taylor Deupree) of this exquisite din.
I use the word “din” with the deepest of reverence for the Ambient genera. Some listeners prefer a smooth, New Age/Ambient Pop sound. I dwell not amidst that group. As with my Jazz, I prefer improvisation as opposed to the popular or mainstream. With Ambient, I
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prefer a gritty, textural/granular…almost caustic feel…all with a harmonious backdrop of vibrancy that can, at times, border on Neo-Classical tonality. I also like unfiltered tea and French-press coffee – a fact that may help with the direction of this review. Discordancy is a good thing in this listener’s opinion, which is why I like all things, Fripp, Eno, Bowie, Belew and Henry Frayne (relative newcomer & double bass-man Otto Lindholm also comes to mind).
Now back to the album…
The opening track, xxvi Epiphany and Isolation, creates a sonic texture-wall with shards of guitar & violin strings straining through the haze and creating a rhythm against a dense ambient backdrop.
I Communicate Silence (#xxix) seems to bring Dirk’s guitar more to the forefront (though still shaded in ambient gloss) as the track communicates a sort of melancholy & subdued tone with echoes of the same tone repeated in the background.
Swept to the Sky (xxvii), the first album track to appear on an upcoming A.L. mix, brings a subtly searing guitar loop that plays against the most prominent use of Serries’ violin (at least to these ears) string/bow-work on the album. The discordant violin plays devil’s advocate to the beautiful guitar strain (which in my imagination, is attempting to break free) – while a dull, sub-bass, drum-like tone quietly keeps non-rhythm in the offings. This track is my favorite & definitely ends much too soon.
And #XXX, The Deprivation of Heart, which as an aside would seem right at home with Dirk’s 2012 collaboration with Steve Roach, Low Volume Music; on Projekt, is a splendid & meandering ambient composition which dual tracks treated guitar/guitar feedback & a synth-like sound mirroring the guitar, creating a caustic, slightly gritty duet.
So color me a serious Serries fan!
A prime mover in multiple genres, Dirk draws upon influence from Robert Fripp & Brian Eno on the Ambient side & John Coltrane & Arvo Pärt on the Jazz slope. I appreciate his avant-garde jazz offerings on Tonefloat (with several tracks encapsulated on our ‘elements’ series) as well as his cutting edge ambient excursions. He is both innovative & pioneering…which doesn’t always add up to mainstream compositions or fame – then again, if you’re reading this blog then you’re less the chocolate/vanilla smooth-Jazz zombie & more the deliciously adventurous kind of discerning Ambient/Jazz audiophile.
Viva moody causticity!
~Ambient Landscape, 10.22.16
01. xxvi epiphany and isolation
02. xxix i communicate silence
03. xxvii swept to the sky
04. xxx the deprivation of heart
~Construction & Recording
2013-2016. performed, mixed by dirk serries.
by taylor deupree at 12k mastering.
: electric guitar, electric violin, fender rhodes, analog and digital effects.
by martina verhoeven.
Swept to Only Skye (a mix utilizing Dirk’s ‘I Communicate Silence‘ track)
DIRK SERRIES – MICROPHONICS XXX : THE DEPRIVATION OF HEART