Brussels-based sound artist Yann Leguay is a true media saboteur. He appropriates industrial machinery for the playback of musical media (using an angle grinder to perform the live destruction of a microphone or to playback a CD at dizzying speed) with flagrant disregard for the accepted norms of audio behaviour. His back catalogue is equally deviant, releasing a 7” single without a central hole and a record composed from recordings of vinyl being scratched by scalpel. His Phonotopy label proposes a conceptual approach to recording media and he curates the DRIFT series on the Artkillart label which overlays several grooves onto a single record, causing randomised playback. His Consumer Waste release presents a catalogue of audio media. Amplifying and recording CD players, tape recorders and DAT machines with a wide range of pickups, Leguay finds uncompromising electro-mechanical music in the playback functions of these devices. This stark machine-vision magnifies the vibrations of spinning discs and electromagnetic activity, the incidental music produced within the machines that usually reproduce it. The CD is accompanied by a 16-page booklet presenting a visual dissection of the same machines that were used in the recording of the album.
Recorded and mixed at HS, Brussels. Supported by SARU at Oxford Brookes University.
Limited edition of 100 glass-mastered 5" CDs in oversized 7" sleeves with letterpressed insert and 16 page photocopied booklet.