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Finding a Way to Live

by Yann Novak

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On 'Finding a Way to Live,' I wanted to explore humanity’s instinctive, never-ending drive to recalibrate in order to endure an ever-changing world. The timing of this track’s release unavoidably connects this work to the coronavirus; however, I’m also interested in acknowledging that this pandemic is only the latest of many obstacles we’ve faced, both individually and collectively. I have learned to live with partial color blindness, learning disabilities, my queerness, drugs, sobriety, tinnitus, and many things in between. If we imagine life as a series of patterns that are too vast to see in the moment, we can acknowledge we have found a way to move through them. We can then also assume that no matter the obstacle, we can find a way to live in it.

I composed 'Finding a Way to Live' similarly, using large patterns that can only be seen when looking at the piece as a whole, out of time. At its heart, drone music is about acclimating to one state in order to hone in and gain the sensitivity needed to perceive and appreciate the subtle changes. After a year of isolation, tracking and riding waves, I created this piece with the intention that it could occupy the liminal space we’re collectively inhabiting—both separately and together—with equal parts tension and hope.

Composed by Yann Novak January 2021.
Mastered by Lawrence English at Negative Space.
Published by Touch Music/Fairwood Music, UK.


released February 12, 2021

design: Joe Gilmore


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Yann Novak Los Angeles, California

Yann Novak is an interdisciplinary artist and composer based in Los Angeles. His work is guided by his unique perspective as a queer autodidact. Informed by his partial color blindness and dyslexia, Novak uses sound and light to explore how these intangible materials can act as catalysts to focus our awareness on our own direct experience. ... more

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