forthcoming....


forthcoming:

may 18th-19th: field recording workshop, malmo, sweden

june 7th: invited speaker, sounding space symposium, Chelsea college of Art and Design, London

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

July 11th-14th: workshop, Alghero, Sardinia

July 15th-20th: jez riley french & pheobe riley law @ Stazione Topolo festival, Italy

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

november 23rd-24th: a quiet position: south hill park - 2 day field recording workshop

november 25th: individual tutorials + listening group presentation, Oxford Brookes Uni, Oxford

december 6-8th: field recording workshop with jez riley french & chris watson, norfolk, uk - places available

jez riley french - ‘instamatic: snowdonia’
a document of listening, simply
6 tracks focusing on fence wire recordings & listening to the wind
available as a limited edition, full size taiyo yuden cd mounted on an art card + additional postcard
Review by Daniel Crokaert from 'The Field Reporter' website:
In his Instamatic series, Jez riley French invites us to share his moments of fortunate listening like they are, without make-up nor intellectualizations, retouches or alterations of the source, except a careful selection and probably a bit of equalization…
A hike within some magnificent natural region of North Wales, namely Snowdonia, led Jez to look particularly into the wind, that wind which speaks to us, while sweeping at the same timeendlessly across ever changing landscapes…
that air which circulates, lifts, makes particles, objects and surfaces vibrate, suggesting their outlines and concrete features…
But, far more than a report about a physical truth, the work quickly switches over to the extra-ordinary, underlining a very personal way of experiencing, of giving another dimension to things, and our environment…
Vast palette of amplified metallic resonances of fences planted in the isolation of a still preserved nature…agitation, vibrations, ferruginous supplications…a whole universe stands out, and submits to the laws of another one…a unhurried play of echoes and reflections coming out of the insignificant, and which reminds us constantly that our perceptions are fluctuating, eminently subjective, and tributary of their “captation tools”, but that they can also be the starting point of unexpected emotions…
“There’s an aesthete within us all “ seems to be, roughly speaking, what Jez whispers to us.
Through his care, his methodical record, his sense of listening, the creation of his own range of microphones, Jez acts like a revealer, a non-standard intermediary…
“Snowdonia” succeeds in closing our eyes slipping us into a long travelling through shaggy herbs, dishevelled by an insistent breeze – a Malickian scene…
Just next to us, trembling & bending wires, streaking the rust tones of a jaded vegetation…pebbles shrouded in history shape long grey veins studding the country as far as the eye can see…in the faraway, the shadow of hills asleep, peaceful guardians of a permanent sight…
In our ears, clicks, muffled murmurs of cold metal, aeolian moan, all the tense sensoriality of the world…
“Snowdonia” ends up ringing like the name of a mythical place where one has rendezvous with the other-worldliness…that other-worldliness, disguised under common appearances, here finely caught, and alongside which we often pass by in total indifference…

Friday, 29 May 2009

John Grzinich - 'Phase inversion'


'Phase inversion' (mystery sea 51) is the latest disc from John Grzinich, currently resident in Estonia & part of the MoKS team.


Having just spent a few weeks in residence at MoKS & going on several field recording trips with John it's still a mystery to me what sounds are used on his releases. I can guess at extended tensioned wires & large plates of metal on scrap piles but the exact sources remain to be pondered.


Listening to this new release, a set of three intense pieces that fit in to but also expand on Mystery Seas penchant for drone based works, one is aware that this is field recording based work that seeks to be music in & of itself. I dare say, without reading the sleeve notes, most folks would believe the sounds to have been generated by other means. There's an impressive choice of source material on display.


Generally i'm not someone who always needs to know what object / process makes which sound but I have to admit that these pieces contain such seemlessly blended elements that I am left trying to work out what environmental sources i'm actually listening to.


Having spent some time with John & also witnessed a great live performance from him I have to say that if you're interested check this release out of course, but better still try to get to one of his workshops or concerts. The combination of experiencing all these aspects of his work leaves one wanting to know more.

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