Jez riley French
movere | soundtrack for an unfocused image # 1
Skaftafell - Reykjavik - Iceland
lat.: 64.135480, long.: -21.895410
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)
environments and technology is flux; this piece was originally composed whilst watching another live webcam in a different area of Iceland, however that one is now offline. So, I searched for a new one that could still work with the piece. Writing this now (2020) when so many of us are having to stay inside for most of the day gives the entire Acoustic Cameras project a new dimension, a chance to observe a sense of abstracted distance.
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.