Yann Novak – Blue Hour 7.4
‘Blue Hour’ is gentle. Yann Novak specializes in calm sounds. Here he continues onward down the path between the field recording and the gentle drone. This is a translucent sound. While every piece appears to be tangible (the insects, the noise, and the environment) it remains somewhat mysterious. Exactly where Yann is does not matter in terms of sound. Rather what Yann does is the amazing part. By having the created sound match the organic and having the organic sound match the created; Yann Novak has each side reinforce the other.
Gently the environmental sounds filter in deeper and fuller. What is initially believed to be the sound of thunder is in fact the low end of the drone. It never gets louder than that. Deep within the recesses of the sound is even a melody. This is the sort of melody that has no specific origin. Before the melody hovers gently up it feels like that sound had always been there. Yann simply turned up the volume on the quiet sounds. Here in this environment he celebrates the quiet sounds that are often drowned out by nearly everything else. Slowly he takes the deeper registers of sound and slowly removes them layer by layer. By the very end of the track it sounds reminiscent of evaporation. The sound disappears leaving only traces.
The sound is human without feeling like anyone touched the sound. It exists within the limits of perception. ‘Blue Hour’ is an aural daydream.