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Surroundings 29:00


'Surroundings' originated as a site-specific sound performance commissioned for the Hamon Observation Tower at the de Young Museum in San Francisco by the Soundwave Biennial.

'Surroundings' uses the organic architecture of the de Young Museum as a point of departure by incorporating field recordings captured throughout Golden Gate Park and synthesized sounds created to situate themselves within the field recordings. This relationship between the field recordings and synthesized sounds is intended to echo the symbiotic relationship between the architecture of the de Young Museum and Golden Gate Park while creating a deep and meditative listening environment.


released April 21, 2017


Thanks to Jen Boyd, Richard Chartier, Robert Crouch, Marc Kate, Tiare Ribeaux, Geneva Skeen, Alda Tchochiev and all at Mediate Art Group.
Original field recordings captured by Jen Boyd and Mark Kate.
Mastered by Lawrence English at 158.
Published by Touch Music/Fairwood Music UK Ltd.


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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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