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“For their 25th number, [Vlek] sure doesn’t depart from their transcending postulate and forward-thinking approach, but rather well hammers it home in the boldest way possible. At the helm of the so-aptly titled ‘Headcrash‘, French-born Brussels-based sound artist Yann Leguay captured the elusive matter of ‘Quad Core‘, a series of live performances he’s traveled with throughout Europe and beyond, eventually recording it on the occasion of a show at Les Ateliers Claus, in the Belgian capital.” (Inverted Audio, 29th March 2017)
Headcrash is the final result of a series of live performances called “Quad Core “, brought to audiences all around Europe and further, and finally recorded at Les Ateliers Claus (Brussels) in the summer of 2016. This project interacts with computer data storage devices as a raw material to produce unpredictable instruments. Four hard-drives are used as turntables, hacked in many different ways and picked up with several magnetic sensors. Technically, the computer is controlling the hard-drives via open source software and Arduino, speed and movements of the arms are triggered by electricity, and the sound is picked up directly from the sources, without any audio treatment but EQ. This produces a massive sound crossing the entire range from analog to digital and reverse, creating physical feedbacks, electrical rhythms and deviant behavior making it appear as radical minimal noise techno.
Yann Leguay is a Brussels-based French Artist. His approach to sound design for installation, performance and film centers on the materiality of sound. Both as visual artist, sound maker and reverse, he has participated in numerous exhibitions and festival in Europe and beyond. He also composes sound tracks for artist’s films and participates in choreographic projects (with Ula Sickle, Studio Kabako…).
Yann Leguayʼs work focuses on everything around sound. Materiality, diversion and tautology are the main ingredients of his work. By modifying the reality of the material (as sounds or real objects) he affects the sensibility of the viewer, changing the perception and relation with materiality. His interest on media and the players that work with it is a clear position on what we are making as utopian, wanting to produce perpetual and solid memory. By deconstructing the elements of this human need, he gives an overview and a distance on the global relation we have with objects and memory.
Full release information:
Out April 7, 2017
300 clear vinyl – custom typeprinted cover.
Design by Dimitri Runkkari & Yann Leguay.
Sleeve printed on polystyrene tracing paper.
Inserts are building plans found in a cellar at HS63 / Zennestraat (Brussels).
More on Yann Leguay: http://www.phonotopy.org.
Produced with the support of the Wallonia & Brussels Federation of Belgium.