JrF: when & why did you become interested in field recording ?
JFC: When studying composition in the 80's at the Conservatoire in Lyon (France). I made this statement that sometimes there is more Music in our surrounding sound environment than in some complex musical compositions.
JrF: how do you use your field recordings in your own artistic output ?
JFC: For me, there is a technical way of recording sounds and an artistic way of doing it...As a technician, I don't really know and I am not verys ure that most of my work would deserve an average notation.As an artist I don't perceive sounds as concepts but as a reality I am living with every day. As a composer and sound artist my purpose is to be a witness of how our world sounds..
JrF: do you regard 'natural' sounds as a musical element (bearing in mind that the conventional definition of 'music' is rapidly becoming obsolete) or as sound ?
JFC: Every sounds could be part of a musical composition.That's not a very original statement. But nevertheless,let's think about this : today there are more and more sounds due to the increasement of technology which goes faster and faster... But the fact is that there is less and less music and information...
JrF: has the act of making field recording had an effect (positive or negative) on the way you listen to your everyday surroundings and how has it affected the way you listen to other music and sound (if at all) ?
JFC: Of course it had and always has....working on surrounding sounds help me to live and understand the world I am living in.
Jean Francois Cavro also runs the audioblog arteradio.com
may 18th-19th: field recording workshop, malmo, sweden
june 13th-20th: field recording workshop with Chris Watson & Jez riley French, Iceland
22nd june - 2oth august 2013: audible silence: the tate, sleeping and waking' - headphone piece exploring the hidden sounds of the Tate modern building, Tate modern, London
september 6-8th: field recording workshop with jez riley french & chris watson, norfolk, uk - places available
october 4-13th: installation (room tones / littorals), Spazioersetti galleria, Udine, Italy
october 11th: resonant terrain walk, castletown, portland as part of the b-side symposium
december 6-8th: field recording workshop with jez riley french & chris watson, norfolk, uk - places available