The vinyl record is the center of this album, the
result of an exploration and an application of a study of contemporary
sculpture, sound art, pop culture, inspired by media art and post-structuralist
philosophy. This album conveys the idea that we live in a remix
Even since the vinyl was invented as a support of information and
art (poesy, music, sound...), it has progressively integrated the
visual art milieu and became a material of research. Douglas Kahn,
new media theorician, notes that, as with cinema and photography,
it took a while for the vinyl record to get its own media autonomy.
I experimented with the vinyl record as a medium of creation and
a space of material intervention. The name "Vinylbrikol"
came literally from the spontaneous operations of alteration (e.g.
cutting, sanding, scratching) in combination with different materials
(e.g. collage). The music is improvised and allowed to go in many
directions. Throughout the album, the listener is put in a position
of unexpectancy about what will come next.
This album features a trio of famous personalities.
First, there is Mad Dog Vachon, an ex-wrestler, and Youppi, the
mascot of the professional baseball team, the Montreal Expos. Their
pop star status gave them the opportunity to push the frontiers
of the fields of entertainment and pop culture. So they got involved
in music, the first as a disco-rap singer and the second as the
subject of a song, whereby the friendly mascot is painted as a friendly
tribal persona. Doug Engelbart, american scientist, is the near-legendary
inventor of both the computer mouse and hypertext technology. He
made a now famous presentation of these discoveries in 1968. I wanted
to imagine what would happen if his presentation had been continuously
disturbed by the impertinent interventions of the first two protagonists.
Thanks to my collaborators: Aimé Dontigny, Jon Asencio,
Édouard Jeunet, David Turgeon and James Schidlowsky, whom
I chose for their open minds and their sense of humour.
Esther B: Turntable & Field Recordings
Jon Ascencio: Electronics & Musical
Édouard Jeunet: Laptop