Interviews with wildlife sound recordists

Jez riley French interviewed by Mark Peter Wright (1 of 2)

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  • Interviewees

    French, Jez riley (speaker, male, interviewee)

  • Interviewers

    Wright, Mark Peter (speaker, male, interviewer)

  • Recordist

    Wright, Mark Peter

  • Abstract

    Track 1 [01:08:49]. [00:00.00] JRF reflects on childhood years growing up close to Hull and his early influences including punk and radio. Continues to discuss being a choirboy and his childhood relationship to silence and space. [00:02.50] JFR reflects on school days and his difficulty with language. Continues to discuss leaving school aged 16. [00:04.25] JFR discusses working in the music industry through distribution (Harrogate) and working in record shops. Continues to discusses setting up his own distribution business with his then partner in traditional music from around the world before selling the business in 1999. [00:04.25] JRF discusses the importance and growing influence of field recording after selling the business. [00:08.10] JRF discusses his siblings (brother and sister) and growing up with his mother and the encouragement she gave. Continues to discuss the importance of daily life as an inspiration for his work. [00:10.21] JFR discusses his solo (guitar) improvisation until his late 20’s and how his performances developed in relation to noise. [00:15.47] JRF discusses why he began to focus more on field recording. Continues to discuss how sound is curated artistically. [00:18.52] JRF discusses how he performs with field recordings and the value he places on personal aspects within his recordings. Continues to discuss installation works and the importance of duration when listening. [00:22.36] JRF discusses the lack of field recording references during the late 1980’s/90’s and his relationship to a community of other artists. Continues to discuss recording with Sony mini discs (late 1990’s) before moving onto a Sound Devices recorder whilst making a work for Kettles Yard. [00:25.58] Discusses making a mono recording of a fence wire with his daughter and the memory of that experience when he listened back to it. Continues to reflect on recording the space at Kettles Yard and how subjective environmental sound recording is perceived. [00:30.37] JRF reflects on his workshop work with Wildeye in Norfolk. Continues to discuss his role in these workshops alongside recordist Chris Watson and how he understands and appreciates technology. [00:36.15] JFR discusses his home made contact and hydrophone microphones and the impact they have had on his and other practitioners work. Continues to discuss selling them publically since 2009 and the growing impact of contact microphones on contemporary field recording practice. [00:44.13] JRF discusses recording in groups during workshops. [00:46.49] JRF discusses his recording process in relation to the productive aspects of not knowing what he will be recording when in the field. Continues to discuss what is actually being documented when recording environments and how nature is not a picturesque thing. [00:53.06] JRF discusses the tension between recording through apparatus and listening without technology. [00:55.55] JRF discusses recording abroad and reiterates the importance of personal experience within his practice. [01:00.09] JRF reflects on his relationship to photography, sound art and field recording. Continues to discuss extra documentation (notebooks) whilst recording and how he relates to archiving and playing back recordings [end of track]

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    Interview with Jez riley French (1 of 2) The field recordist discusses his personal history and work as a practitioner and facilitator.

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