Gestalt is plentiful with warm, tactile sounds and timbres that make the whole into something that fills and vibrates through the body. Focussing on single sounds is simple and elegant for the ear, but what the heart and mind experience is indeed complex. The sounds on tracks like “evvr”, “vhen,” and “quoo” morph their way through tunings, the stream of time in space, and what feels like physical transformations. Like the compound H20 , which can exist as a solid, a liquid, or a gas, the music on Gestalt is always changing, while its core essence remains the same.
As gestalt therapy centers a patient’s experiences and memories in the present, so Gestalt creates a piquant and compelling atmosphere of listening in the now that is liable to recall personal histories, like a future we imagined when we went to the movies and saw things like Blade Runner (which was set in what is now the past of 2019). It is that psychological quality that Zahn aims for when he makes new sounds: “Sounds reflect my emotions,” he says, “sound has its own language.” On Gestalt, that isn’t “a polished surface. There is a lot of hiss, noise, and texture hidden underneath.” More than one texture, all of them gorgeous and malleable, form Arovane’s Gestalt.
released March 24, 2020
All tracks written and produced by arovane
Artwork by John Whitlock
Mastered by Taylor Deupree at 12k