Live multichannel sound, P.A. system, computer, midi controller
30 min – 45 min
The Breeze Blowing Over Us was born from an idea to create a composition exploring complex emotional states, using a single source sound that accounts for one of the simplest pleasures. A single recoding of a box fan In Novak’s loft window and all the outdoor noises that came through it, recorded on one of the hottest weekend Seattle had the summer of 2008 was used. This weekend also coincided with the first weekend Novak spent with his partner. The Breeze Blowing Over Us aims to transform this simple recording into a complex composition that explores the overwhelming feelings that come from finding love.
The Breeze Blowing Over Us originated as a stereo performance, but has since been expanded to a 6-channel surround performance. This performance is best suited for a dark environment to facilitate deep listening.
The Breeze Blowing Over Us began with a recording of a box fan in the bedroom window of my loft in Seattle. I recorded it over the first weekend my partner and I spent together in the summer of 2008.
The technique I was exploring at the time was to transforming a single environmental recording—through digital processing—into a bank of recordings. I would then use these iterations on the original to construct and compose the entire album. My intent was to use this time with the recordings—making iterations—as an opportunity to meditate on the original experience and infuse some of that emotion and sentiment into the final piece.
It was not the first time I attempted this, but it became one of the most meaningful. In this case the original recording marked our first weekend together and by the time it was finished and released in Spring 2009 we were living together in Los Angeles.
Mastered by Lawrence English at Negative Space. Cover photo by Yann Novak.
Recorded in Seattle on one of the hottest days of 2008, The Breeze Blowing Over Us documents the first weekend Novak spent with his partner, transforming a simple recording of a box fan over their bed into a richly layered composition exploring the overwhelming feelings that come from finding love.
This is Novak’s first solo release on Infrequency and an extremely fine example of his technique for transforming a simple environmental recording into a richly layered, and emotionally tense composition.