Jez riley French: movere | soundtrack for an unfocused image # 1 | Eyjafjallajökull - Reykjavik - Iceland

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Jez riley French

movere | soundtrack for an unfocused image # 1

Eyjafjallajökull - Reykjavik - Iceland

lat.: 64.13548, long.: -21.89541

About the work

the traces of some time spent listening in Iceland - to fence wires, lava and minerals dissolving, the ultrasonics of a glacier lagoon and the vlf signals of lightning in the ionosphere (unprocessed field recordings)

this piece has been created whilst watching this particular camera in its out-of-focus state. I hope whoever owns it either doesn’t realise or is unable to re-focus the image - if they do this collaboration between image condition and sound will change, perhaps become constrained in some other way. as with listening and recording in locales the experience is enhanced by accepting and enjoying not having control.

About the artist

JrF uses intuitive composition, field recording, improvisation and photography to explore his enjoyment of and interest in detail, simplicity and his emotive response to places and situations.

Alongside performances, exhibitions, installations, he lectures and runs workshops around the world on field recording and the act and art of listening, as well as curating various online resources, the engraved glass imprint issuing cd’s, downloads, books and the regular arts zine ‘verdure engraved’, and the ‘seeds and bridges’ event series. He also designs and builds a range of specialist microphones.

Recent work includes pieces for Tate Modern (UK), Artisphere (USA), Whitworth Gallery (UK) and for organisations in Italy, Iceland, Japan, Spain, Finland and the UK.

In recent years he has been working extensively on recordings of surfaces, spaces and situations and developing the concept of photographic scores. Jrf is particularly associated with extended recording techniques, including the recording of structural vibrations and resonances, ultrasonics, infrasonics, internal electronic signals and recordings made with hydrophones.

Amongst his key recent works are pieces capturing the sound of the dolomites dissolving, ants consuming fallen fruit, the Tate Modern building vibrating, the infrasound of domestic spaces around the world, glaciers melting in Iceland and the tonal resonances of natural and placed objects in the landscape.