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NOVAK, YANN - Paradise & Winchester

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Unfathomless U14
Release Year: 2012
Note: masterful airy deep microsound-drones (one-tracker) with enough variation & intensity - basic material for this has been recorded in LAS VEGAS (!) - great new release in the series by MYSTERY SEA, dealing with "spirits of specific places", by this sound- & installation artist from L.A. ! Numbered ed. 200 copies
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"Paradise & Winchester was created in late 2011 for the Belgian imprint Unfathomless whos credo is to commission works that illustrate artists personal fascination for specific locations, either natural, human built, or fictitious. In response to this, Novak chose a location that he had never been to, yet knew he would have a strong reaction to, Las Vegas, NV. The piece focuses on The Las Vegas Strip, a portion of Las Vegas Boulevard outside the city limits spanning two unincorporated townships: Paradise and Winchester.Paradise & Winchester was created from ten recordings, made over three days, each one an attempt to find relatively quiet moments in an outdoor location. These quiet moments were then digitally altered to reflect a more personal reaction to the location. The final form of the piece is an ever changing hybrid state, move from one location to the next and a constant mix of nearly raw material with altered material.Paradise & Winchester was formed in late 2011 after a 7 day trip collecting and recording sounds and images. The trip ended with three days of rest in Las Vegas, NV."
[Yann Novak, May 2012]


"There was a time the name Yann Novak propped up in these pages quite regularly, if not for his own music, it was for releases on his Dragon's Eye Recordings, but in more recent times this has become less and less. I am not sure why this is. Maybe he just releases less and less, or perhaps not all of his releases reach me. Here he has an interesting work which deals with the sounds of The Las Vegas Strip, in itself part of the Las Vegas boulevard, 'outside the city limit, spanning the two unincoprorated townships of Paradise and Winchester, where the majority of the casinos and tourist activity takes place'. This is not exactly a new soundtrack to Paul Verhoeven's 'Showgirls' (a fav here) or 'Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas'. In fact should you not have known this, would you be able to tell this forty some minute was recorded in one the most hectic and noisy cities in the world? I don't think so. At the same time I have to admit that I am also not entirely sure to what extend there has
been sound processing. Surely something, which makes a very nice pattern of gliding sounds and endless delays, but in between, in the backside, far away we still hear the activities of humans. Voices, cars parking and that sort of thing, but also the sound of wind, blowing down the microphone. In these forty-three minutes he moves between various settings, in all about five or six different movements. It has that gentle microsound feel that is part of many of the previous works by Novak have, and perhaps as such isn't the new approach to what he does. That aside though, this I thought was a great work. Taking the quiet sounds of a busy city and melt that into a gentle soundscape. Very nice!" [FdW/Vital Weekly]