Yann Novak – Presence 7.3
Yann Novak creates a quiet, meditative environment for his drones, crackles, and snaps. I’m reminded of nature, of the sound of walking through the city late at night. Often when it is snowing I walk outside with my headphones on since I’m too cheap to buy proper earmuffs. The beginning of ‘Presence’ gives me the same aural sensation, of tiny particles traveling great distances for small purposes.
‘Presence’ develops this small crackle at a slow, steady pace. Spreading out over forty-eight minutes, it takes a great deal of time to build up. At times Yann Novak recalls the best of L-NE’s near-silent masterpieces, particularly from the forty minute mark onward. From that point forward, Yann moves the sound into a comforting tone. You forget the glacially cold tones of the previous minutes and are brought into its warmth.
That’s the album’s greatest virtue. Yann creates an emotional heart to these tones. ‘Presence’ creates an aural environment based off of emotional stimuli rather than a clinical study of sound. By the end you realize exactly why Yann structured the piece the way he did. It was the only way it would make sense on an emotional level. For while we often enjoy living in such loud, hectic environments, there’s something to be said for a good time by oneself, meditating over the day’s events.
Listen to ‘Presence’. Think about your day. Don’t say a word. Get immersed in the wonderful comforting silence of your surroundings.