Richard Chartier & Yann Novak – Undefined 8.0
‘Undefined’ explores the fragility of sound. Richard Chartier and Yann Novak master this art throughout the track. The sound feels surprisingly warm throughout the duration. Soothing tones appear to shimmer somewhere on the horizon. Like the horizon there seems to be more right beyond the revealed sound, like the sound is simply shimmering something lovely. Occasionally the two of them reveal these many charms that linger beneath the surface. When those moments happen it is worth a great deal.
Space defines the sound. Though clearly digital there is a tenderness that keeps the feeling surprisingly human. Influence from Eliane Radigue is apparent. Like her work there is a deliberate slow pace to the proceedings. Classical leanings too are apparent as the work settles into several movements. For the first ten minutes or so the sound appears to guide. Nearly translucent in texture it hovers with barely any bass frequencies. Around the seventeen minute a bass frequency arrives and it greatly changes the entire perspective of the track.
By the second half of the track there’s a greater sense of human intervention. Gone is the calm of the first half. Anxiety begins to take form in the latter half. Elements of a more natural world begin to overwhelm the placid calm of the high-pitched sustained frequencies. Melody forms from this approach, an epic sustained melody with an extraordinarily gradual progression into a worried tone. At the last moments of the track the sound appears to evaporate into the air. It is a fitting, sweet end to a complex diverse and demur track.