Post Tagged with: "Yann Novak"

Elsewhereness revisited #4 appetite for distraction

Elsewhereness revisited is an occasional feature documenting the drift at the margins: ambient gasbagging, ’tube-d, ’cloud-ed, and ’camp-ed up, complete with companion mix, Elsewhereness revisited #4.  Gailes is Benoît Pioulard, late-period ambient mode engaged (cf. Sonnet, Stanza, Thine), and long-time student of decay, sustain & release, Rafael Anton Irisarri—guitar-y, synth-y, studio savvy. Previous dronership, solo and duo (Orcas), doesn’t quite […]

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Elsewhereness revisited #3 :: Party Like It’s 1991

Elsewhereness revisited is an occasional feature documenting the drift at the margins: ambient gasbagging, ’tube-d, ’cloud-ed, and ’camped-up, complete with companion mix, Elsewhereness revisited #3 1991 made waves in 2012 with High-Tech High-Life (Opal Tapes)—chewy New Age synth ‘n’ soundscapes laced with arpeggiating timbres and shimmering drones, and self-titled (Astro:Dynamics)–IDM-y sounds shot through with post-ambient forms and off-kilter melodies, while his Skogen, Flickan Och […]

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Elsewhereness revisited #2 Man Bites Hypnagogue

Elsewhereness revisited is an occasional feature documenting the drift at the margins: ambient gasbagging, tube-lubed, cloud-ed, and bcamped-up, complete with companion mix, Elsewhereness revisited #2 Two reissues on neonate Pre-Echo plus In Summer, a Geographic North tape now d/l-able, top up New-Noise-Romantic Jefre-Cantu Ledesma‘s HQ* (see “Love’s Refrain”‘s Cocteaus vs. chillwave). Lovers of A Year With 13 Moons or any of J-CL’s selected […]

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Idleness, Endlessness, and 10 Years of Dragon’s Eye

Dragon’s Eye Recordings celebrates its 10th anniversary with the release of Idleness, Endlessness by label head Yann Novak. It explores labor, leisure and engagement over two hour-long pieces wrought from source material captured at the Parkfield Artist Residency, a retreat uniquely conducive to contemplation and reflection with invited artists being under no obligation to create anything. Dragon’s Eye […]

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Yann Novak & Pinkcourtesyphone :: Double review (Dragon’s Eye)

Not long back we trailed the return, after a self-imposed hiatus, of Dragon’s Eye, an imprint very much in the catchment area of this organ’s more esoteric wing (see here and here). Curator Yann Novak has taken stock, and, newly kickstarted, relaunched with two new works—his own and Pinkcourtesyphone‘s—renewing the label’s line in accessible experimentalism. After last year’s Foley Folly Folio and Elegant […]

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Return of the Dragon :: Dragon’s Eye Recordings Relaunch

News of the return of the Dragon… Dragon’s Eye, that is—a label whose roster’s diverse esoteric projects were, as seen here and here, very much in the catchment area of igloo‘s more experimental wing before abrupt interrupt in 2012. Turns out it was a temporary hiatus determined by curator Yann Novak—to take stock, remake and […]

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Richard Chartier & Yann Novak :: Undefined (Farmacia901)

Developed as one long title, Undefined is a resonating-sinuous droning sound tapestry which demonstrates a totally absorbing exploration through infinitely subtle waving tones and micro interferences. Undefined is the new splendid and intensively evocative electronic release published by the Italian based label Farmacia901 (launched a couple of years ago by the inter-media artist and sound designer Fabio Perletta). […]

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V/A :: Aquarius (Dronarivm)

Liquidity has always been an apt metaphor for ambient music as well as for what this collection represents—the fluidity, if not downright irrelevance of boundaries, through which influence, admiration and seduction seep from Vancouver to Norway and Rotterdam, to Italy and Russia and Japan and wherever Simon Whetham happens to be at the moment. For […]

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Yann Novak :: Blue.Hour (Farmacia901)

A meditatively beautiful and subtly introspective album which reveals the fundamental structures of time through melodious, static and dynamic ambient motives. A calmly enveloping musical elevation. Yann Novak is a transdisciplinary artist and sound designer based in Los Angeles. His art and experiments are largely devoted to sound spatialization and process music. Consequently he has […]

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Yann Novak and Robert Crouch :: Fata Morgana (Murmur)

The narrative pay-off is then clinched by the entry of filmic synth-strings, knowingly poignant affective signifiers, tension moving to resolution as it makes itself comfy with more familiar ambient tropes, seeking total tonal settlement. Yann Novak recently took time out from his Dragon’s Eye enterprise to explore more installation-based work. Through Japan’s Murmur we have […]

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Release your ears 5.0

A list of some recent, current and forthcoming titles that are piquing our ears lately—it’s our attempt to point you to some notable releases worth investigating regardless of genre. Our staff at igloomag.com continually sifts through a plethora of music in an effort to—at the very least—direct you to some interesting releases we may or may not […]

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Yann Novak :: Presence (Hibernate)

Presence operates in the inbetween between unresolved and resolution, flirting with the chill charms of the unpitched then back, finding refuge in more comfily pitched material. Low-end looms cede to sudden subsides, then other kinds of radiation, drawing back from the edge of abrasion, softening in focus to warm fuzzy then ceding again to cold […]

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Five questions for Hibernate

Based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, Hibernate is a micro-independent label “inspired by the unpredictable, momentary and quiet solitary beauty of the Pennine Moors.” Jonathan steps away to respond to igloomag.com’s Five questions. Igloo :: When did Hibernate start up and what was your inspiration? Hibernate (Jonathan) :: Inspired by the unpredictable, momentary and quiet solitary […]

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Yann Novak :: Relocation.Reconstruction (Line)

In stark contrast to the chaos of moving, the artist clears a room and opens a valve that slowly infuses it with an increasingly consternating stream of drone. [Release page] Arriving is not necessarily the same as getting there. Getting there is more a matter of calibrating your mental compass than arranging your furniture just […]

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Simon Whetham & Friends :: Meditations on Light (Monochrome Vision)

Russian label Monochrome Vision offers it up Meditations on Light again, complemented with its flintier, decidedly colder obverse, “Darkerspace,” another piece done in collaboration with visual artist Kathryn Thomas, plus the added enticement of an entire disc of remixes by various friends and acquaintances. [Release page] Many have already praised Simon Whetham‘s soft, warm album […]

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6APPEAL :: Dragon’s Eye Recordings

A focus on the human side of artistic enterprise over narrow in-house style requirements has resulted in a catalogue that’s a veritable cornucopia of process and praxis. These six’s appeal lies in no small measure in the diversity and breadth of concept and sound – from the metaphysics of Celer and Blake Carrington to the […]

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Igloo Trax Vol.2 :: The Most Music (Igloo Magazine)

“…Igloo Trax Volume 2: The Most Music (a digital download release commemorating Igloo Magazine’s 10-year anniversary) can be described as a vivid cross-section through a multitude of sub-genre’s from experimental dub to cosmic drone, minimal techno-breaks to subdued electro, dub-noise to organic electronics and downbeat mechanical beauty; a smorgasbord of audio delight…” (Igloo Trax Bandcamp […]

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