y [at] phonotopy [dot] org

With the evolution of technology, we’re placing ourselves at distance from the physical matter. Every step in the technological evolution miniaturizes the components and places interfaces between the source of the information and the one who need to access to it. By making us becoming a simple user of services, we are witnessing to a privatisation of memory.
Dematerialization is a fake, we should better use the term of material’s delocalization within interfaces. The digital era considers bunkers as clouds (a paradoxical name for million tons of concrete poured to build the data-centers), the obsolescence has become an economical engine, psychological backdoors are used to produce needs, and the network infrastructures tries to evaporate into radio waves. But wireless technology is not copper-less, and the raise of the energetic demands to make the infrastructure functioning is exponential...
Well, a problem without a solution is a poorly stated problem…

Thru sounds and objects, Yann Leguay focuses on the notions of dematerialization, the use of interfaces and everything about the materiality of memory. In his sound practice he was defined as a “media saboteur” by the Consumer Waste label, seeking to fold this materiality in on itself using basic means in the form of objects, music and performances. He has presented his work in many places and festivals all around Europe and further. Since 2007, he’s also producing installations, sculptures and editions that integrates a critical approach to the meaning of the technological evolution. In concerts he tries to push the boundaries of accepted norms of audio behavior, using uncommon machineries for the playback of audio media: opened hard-drives as turntables, an angle grinder as a microphone, the sound of the electricity on its own… His records release activity is equally unusual, releasing readable silkscreen records, a 7” single without a central hole, or a record composed from recordings of vinyl being scratched by scalpel. His Phonotopy label proposes a conceptual approach to recording media. His work has been published on many labels and books such as ArtKillArt, Vlek, Consumer Waste, Tanuki, Third Type Tapes, Insubordinations…


press :

france musique, "l'experimentale" on "présences électronique" concert
radio nova interview on volta feedback during sonic protest festival
it's a psychedelic baby, about volta feedback
arte, tracks, craft music
, avant guardian about headcrash | test tone | volta
the word about again the sunset
des disques et un couteau , a portrait of martin tetreault
gonzo circus
drawings in poli11, politiques sonores
revue et corrigé n°110
revue et corrigé n°92
liberation about radiofreerobots
france musique, le cri du patchwork