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Presence 48:00


'Presence' originated as a sound performance at an event curated by VOLUME at the Torrance Art Museum (June 2010). The original sound performance used a mixture of recordings taken with a cell phone of sounds that altered ones perception. These recordings were then digitally enhanced their unique characteristics.

During the original performance, multiple artists also performed and interacted with the space. Their unexpected interventions influenced the outcome and this unexpected interaction has become central to the pieces’ development.

'Presence' explores the trajectory from uneasy to breakthrough that can happen when unknown variables are combined. Through the use of digitally enhanced recordings, all chosen for their ability to altered ones perception, Presence moves smoothly through the a number of emotional and physical states. Evenly paced passages drift slowly from one into another, beginning in dissonance and slowly shifting into complimentary over the duration of the piece.


released October 7, 2011

Hibernate Recordings, UK (hb35)

Original photo by Robert Crouch.
Photo alteration & design by Yann Novak.


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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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