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

Moks residency journal (updated every couple of days)

can be viewed by clicking here
text: This trip to Estonia & Latvia was my first time in both countries. I was, as often, struck by how fortunate I am to be able to travel to different places & explore them.
Standing still
listening to the sound of telephone transmitter cables or of insects in the mirror surfaced forest lakes
I found empty architectural spaces to record - factories, barns, houses - each one with it's own unique audible silence
I pressed record a lot
I didn't press record a lot
I took photographs
I heard fallen tress, glass, paper, salt, stones, my own fingers echoing inside an empty oil storage tower
I presented my work at Y gallery in Tartu - the performance went ok.
I presented my work on Latvian radio - the performance went ok, though I was tired.
I presented my work at Goyia in Riga - the performance started with my stressed due to a problem with the projections, but soon the performance managed to draw me away from that & I think the performance went ok.
I spent time with Evelyn Muursepp & John Grzinich (MoKS, Estonia) - nice people. John performed at Goyia too - a set of recordings, sticks, bottle caps, wire & steel plate - accompanied by a small girl in the audience who sang sometimes, wandered up to watch John & stole the show....
Maxs Shentelevs (host in Riga) performed too....along with others and all were interesting (except for one set of standard laptop from someone I don't know)....playing to a good audience with a healthy mixture of male & female
Max arranged a trip to a disused power station in Riga....full of sounds and spaces....I found silences and old time cards / employee records
so, I think there will be a release when I have lived with the recordings for edition, with special paper items found on location....
John Grzinich has just posted some photo's & mp3's relating to the time I spent in Estonia on his site. They can be found here:
also, there is an article (in Latvian), some images & some sound clips soon about the visit to the powerplant in Riga here:

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