How do we experience change? How do we cope with insecurity and challenges? What makes us pursue our personal growth through this uncomfortable process? Having recently moved provinces, Catherine Debard (YlangYlang) recorded five conversations on these subjects with people who are part of her 'new' life. Their answers were mixed with musical pieces she created that emerged from her own experience of transformative process. She then transferred the five tracks onto separate tapes and created situations in which each cassette was altered in different ways. She wore a cassette tape on her body for 24 hours/day for two weeks. She buried another in her garden for a month. Through these poetic actions, the artist hoped to imbue these tapes with a part of her life, and to add layers of affect to the sound object.
As a result, the public will discover an audio superposition of different layers of transformation, both auditory and conceptual. These have been meticulously archived in a note book to enrich the listener’s experience. This project is an intimate study on the way people inhabit and shape their inner-world. It is presented at Centre CLARK in the form of an installation where the tapes’physical and sound alterations, and the stories they contain, are available to the public.
Currently based in Hamilton (ON), musician Catherine Debard has roots in Montreal’s experimental music scene, a community in which she has been actively involved for several years. Under the moniker YlangYlang, a solo project she has developed since 2012, Debard translates experiences, memories, emotions and senses into electronic sounds through a delicate balance of improvisation and composition. She has released records internationally on labels such as Crash Symbols (USA), Phinery (DK), Fluere Tapes (SE) and Carpi Records (FR). She has also created and produced videogame soundtracks for Montreal artist Palgal, audio hypnosis sessions for Ascension Hypnosis, and has given many creative music workshops. Debard has toured extensively in Canada and the United States, and has performed at international music festivals including Suoni Per Il Popolo, Mutek, Electric Eclectics, Strangewaves, Howl Arts Festival, Tone Deaf and Anti-Vacances in Lyon (FR).