Scalar Fields is a body of work encompassing audiovisual installation, prints, and sound works initiated in 2013. In these works I used the idea of the scalar field as a simple framework to experiment with time-based works that are not dependent on time when experienced.
I wanted to explore slowing down video to the point that change was imperceptible and create sound with no attack or decay, only sustain. My intent was to create a time-based piece that could be experienced more as a painting or sculpture could: a static object that gains meaning though prolonged observation.
I was interested in what would happen when the audience was given agency over their experience. As the series progressed, the concept drifted further and further from the title's formal association with math or physics––instead the framework developed a life of its own.
This release documents the sound elements from two of the audiovisual installations in the series: Scalar Field (f9bf3b, fde3a7, 4183d7, 1f3a93) shown in Los Angeles in 2016 and Scalar Field (f89406, f2784b, f64747, f62459) shown at the Dancity Festival in Foligno in 2015.
Terrific immersive listen. I didn't want either piece to end - I often feel this way with Yann Novak's music. I like the intention - calming - that has driven this release. These are such unsettling times. This guy has put loads of his excellent material out there effectively for free so a great chance to say thanks for that, and this, and look after yourself. kralin
Until COVID-19 passes, we adapt to more indoor life, hopefully staying safe. Here is comfort of deep listening and minimal electronica, best suited for indoor spaces. This also satisfies my "darker is better" need. Richard Erickson