Opening a sonic space that leads into delicate subconscious spheres, Ivan Pavlov aka CoH has created his most sophisticated work to date. MUSIC VOL. is a piece of gentle acoustic excitement. Evolving around concepts of silence and sound, each track reveals to the listener a different emotional chamber. The work generates a profound intimacy derived from the fact that “VOL.” is meant literally; Pavlov places variations of volume and soft progressions of sound at the fore, inviting comparisons to classical music. It is these gentle, nearly silent tones that force the listener to pay attention to the inner qualities of each sound — its color and vibration — while simultaneously revealing its tactile and corporeal qualities. At the same time, CoH creates atmospheric settings that invite the listener into complete immersion. A condition close to meditation is provoked, making the listener intuitively aware of slight alterations. Subtle sensations arise from the exquisite affective dramaturgy that operates here. Reminiscent of minimalistic film scores, CoH’s sparse sound design creates a painstakingly continuous arc of suspense that never dissolves. Written and recorded January – December 2015. All music by Ivan Pavlov/CoH. Artwork by Tina Frank.