I've worked as a solo musician under the name Brigitte Bardon't since 2013. Brigitte Bardon't is a multifaceted pop concretè sound project including structured pop songs, ambient compositions, radio manipulations, mixtape series and radio show Infinite Poolside, and sometimes aspects of other work such as Drone Therapy.
Brigitte Bardon't songs draw from noise, drone, improvised music, music concretè, and pop, and are often based on field recordings. Through sound, performance, and multimedia, my work in Brigitte Bardon't channels how complex and contradictory individualized human narratives crystalize through sound during emotional states.
Taking fragments, melodies, and tropes and clichés from sources such as FM radio, Disney musicals, traditionalist forms of experimental music, or found personal diaries, I use Brigitte Bardon't as a mirror and conduit to obscure assumed cultural gazes and channel new perspectives.
Whether I am improvising live or structuring songs, in Brigitte Bardon't my presence is the assembling force and only emotional constant.
Reciprocal Encounter, Cassette, 2017 (split w/ NONSWIMMER), Tori Maas
Inyrdisk Death Match, CDR, 2016 (compilation), Inyrdisk
Weirdest Tuesday II, CDR, 2016 (compilation), Ride the Tempo
Already Dead V: DIY or DIE, cassette, 2015 (compilation), Already Dead
Offerings' 'CD Punk Revolution Vol. 3, cassette, 2014 (compilation)
Canada Song, single, mini disc, 2014, Inyrdisk
I write and record original pop songs as a singer-songwriter and producer using instruments including sampler, keyboard, cassette decks, guitar, found sounds, radio, and harmonica. My vocals rely on clichè and kitsch, and often mimic Disney cartoon musicals and operatic ranges. Lyrics and samples are often found online and manipulated.
For the past six years I've been working on a full length album titled O / L, a continuation of an Alpha Couple album that was never finished, and it has since grown to include music, installation, performance, and printed material.
Based on an American woman's Youtube channel, O / L tells the story of L and her dog O as they gradually break free from L's situation in an abusive relationship. All songs, writings, and visual materials within O / L are made up of materials uploaded by L, including footage, audio, blogs, comments, and photographs.
O / L will be a part of Kazoo Fest x CHANNEL in Guelph in 2017. In January 2016 I presented the live multimedia debut installation of O / L at Katzman Contemporary in Toronto as part of CHANNEL. In 2013 part of O / L was displayed in Berlin.
Videos, installation images, more info: O / L
"B4 + After (Sexy Bitch demo)" "Tightly But Briefly"
Compilation: CHANNEL 3, 2017, CHANNEL
Compilation: Weirdest Tuesday II, 2016: Ride the Tempo
"Tightly But Briefly"
I work with live radio signals to make improvised compositions where the familiarity and emotional triggers of radio content is fragmented and manipulated into new songs.
Since 2013 I've made songs with live radio in places including Niagara Falls, Brooklyn, Napanee, Toronto, Durham, Rouyn Noranda, Muskoka, Winnipeg, Schenectady, Montreal, Meaford, Coburg, Ottawa, Sudbury, and Milan.
I've released physical recordings through Inyrdisk Records and on compilations from Already Dead Tapes, Offerings Magazine, and Inyrdisk. There is some radio sampling on Reciprocal Encounter as well.
Physical releases. If you're curious about any of these you can contact me.
Split Cassette: Reciprocal Encounter, 2017
Split cassette between Brigitte Bardon't and NONSWIMMER.
Art publication curated by Tori Maas
Order online: Reciprocal Encounter
Compilation: Inyrdisk Death Match, 2016
Order 4 disc CDR: inyrdisk.com
"Tightly But Briefly"
Compilation: Weirdest Tuesday II, 2016
Order CDR: Bandcamp
Compilation: Already Dead Family Reunion V: DIY or Die, 2015
Order Double Cassette/Free Download on Bandcamp
Canada Song 3" mini disc CD
Compact Disc (CD)
3" CD-Rs (mini-discs). Colour print, insert & hand numbered Canadian penny in slip.
Brigitte Bardon't live shows include pop performances of structured songs, multimedia presentations, radio performances, noise or drone improvised / ambient sets, or Infinite Poolside sets (which can in turn be live performances or DJ sets). Event listings will specify what type of performance a Brigitte Bardon't show will be. If no specifications are mentioned, it's a pop set.