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CD/DVD Releases: Dirk Serries' Second Microphonics Release Completed, More

Posted on Wednesday, August 15 @ 23:00:00 UTC by nightowl

The recordings for the highly-anticipated second studio album in Dirk Serries' Microphonics series are completed. March 16th 2013 is the official date of the release along with a special release show, so mark your agendas. Meanwhile there'll be a few try-out concerts, including the Noorderzon festival in Groningen and a headliner slot on one of the stages at the Les RDV de Terres Neuves festival in Bordeaux, France - invited by the French band Year Of No Light celebrating their 10th anniversary.

Last but not least we proudly announce The Sleep Of Reason tour in the light of their forthcoming epic trilogy release.

An essential part of prepping his official Microphonics tour starting in 2013, Dirk Serries will play some try-out concerts, developing the new songs in live mode while establishing the perfect set-up. This is where you can witness the work in progress:

August 18, 2012 - Noorderzon festival, Groningen - The Netherlands (as part of the Wishfulmusic stage) [-- that's this Saturday! -ed.]

September 29, 2012 - Les RDV de Terres Neuves festival, Bordeaux - France (invited by Year Of No Light)
December 1, 2012 - Cinema Klappei, Antwerpen - Belgium (in their 'De Keuze Van De Muzikant' series)

The Sleep Of Reason is Jon Attwood (Yellow 6) and Dirk Serries. In the light of their epic trilogy, to be released by the ever reliable Tonefloat in an impressive limited set covering the 3 vinyls plus their highly succesful debut concert at the Tonefloat evening last year complete on a single-sided LP and a compact disc with highlights from the trilogy, they are doing a selective European tour:

October 28, 2012 - 229, London - UK (part of the tonefloat event)
October 29, 2012 - Stadtgarten, Cologne - Germany (org: Auf Abwegen)
October 30, 2012 - Stuk, Leuven - Belgium
October 31, 2012 - K4, Nürnberg - Germany
November 1, 2012 - (h)ear at Kunstencentrum Signe, Heerlen - The Netherlands
November 2, 2012 - Markthalle, Hamburg - Germany
November 3, 2012 - Christuskirche, Bochum - Germany (org: thepostrock.de)
November 4, 2012 - Paradox, Tilburg - The Netherlands (part of the tonefloat event)

June 2nd, 2012, the Fear Falls Burning era came to an end, with the one-off performance of the Disorder of Roots album at jazzclub Paradox in Tilburg, The Netherlands. This unique performance was recorded on both audio and video. Here’s the first video of this last live ritual, showing the catharsis of the show. An 18 minute version of Fear Falls Burning's most ceremonial and anthem-like song "I Provoke Disorder." Check the beautiful video at YouTube.

And lastly in Serries' newsletter: Now officially available in stores and through the various mail-order service...

After a ten year hiatus, Steve Roach and Dirk Serries (formerly recording as vidnaObmana) reconnect to begin anew. The result is Low Volume Music, an introspective musical palette solely dedicated to harmony, integrity and pure beauty.

In a world where the noise level of daily life has increased to a fever pitch, this release offers an essential sonic respite from the external distractions. These five delicate sound meditations appear in the listening space like slowly drifting incense. The pieces are built upon a perfect blend of deep ambient characteristics: looping and lush textures and harmonics mixed with subtle, hovering, lattice-like forms. The tracks follow a zen-like flow, bringing the listener's attention down to a distinct stillness, a single point; gently shifting, sparkling mirror pools of sound are revealed as meditations to reflect upon. The understated beauty of Low Volume Music offers a path back to the soulful nourishment found at the quiet center.

"We chose the title Low Volume Music," Dirk reflects, "because we wanted to score an album of pure minimalism, introspection and harmony; music that is most effective at a lower volume. Although it draws from our personal and mutual universe of sound, I believe the biggest difference from the past is we both wanted to aim for something unclouded without pushing each other to break sonic boundaries. We both felt it was vital for us personally to express that part of us that we return to: the pure, harmonically-nuanced side of our art that we naturally live and breathe."

Over the course of their six releases and many international concerts, Roach and Serries pushed the edges of ambient electronic music, then when the time felt right they respectfully stepped away to pursue other work.

With Low Volume Music, Roach and Serries reconnect to create a beautiful release, displaying a vision sublimely refined, minimal, and true. This is perhaps their most personal collaboration to date. Released on Projekt Records, USA.

Listen to the album preview at Soundcloud.

[Source: Dirk Serries newsletter, photos: © Leon Versmissen/FTGRF.nl]

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