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Sound Practitioners Visiting Speaker programme: Jez Riley French

2nd March 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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let’s see (!) what happens

(that is the point, yes ?)

located sound excites and inspires us because of it’s unpredictability. We might build systems of control: technologies, theories and even hierarchies that sometimes imprint ownership but without space for the unexpected moment to moment reveal to remain elemental what is it we are representing ?. How we cope with this interaction between reality and perception is a constant puzzle.

intuitive | personal | time as material | resonance | distracting | waiting

rather then via a scripted response let’s see (!) what happens - via the playback of located sounds, mostly using extended techniques - i’ll remember certain aspects of these experiences, no doubt forget others and the playing of them in this situation will further inform - hopefully we’ll have a conversation, revealing how or if these sounds extend to you, in this room, at this time (influenced by how your day is going, how my day is going, how frustrated we are by events around us, how determined to be open or to codify that which we experience) - i’ll touch on ‘scores for listening’ - a further exploration of the intuitive connection between sound and experience, transformation and the playful register of hints -

it’s all an extension of the sound - leading back, for me, to the questions of whether we perceive reality or a construct and whether who we are as individuals is contained somehow in acts of recording or in the process of being ‘artist’ to the audience - what about the political, personal, the misogyny, the re-focusing...?

memory, failure of memory - intuition in its delicate balance. the time we spend in this room will be, as all sounds are, momentary.

Jez riley French
(east yorkshire)


Alongside performances, exhibitions, installations, JrF lectures and runs workshops around the world and his range of specialist microphones are widely used by recordists, sound artists, musicians, sound designers and cultural organisations.

In recent years he has been working extensively on recordings of surfaces, spaces and situations and developing the concept of photographic scores and ‘scores for listening’, which have featured widely in publications and exhibitions.

His work has been exhibited in shows and installations alongside that of Yoko Ono, David Bowie, Pauline Oliveros, Chris Watson, Alvin Lucier, Annea Lockwood, Ryuchi Sakamoto, Stars of the Lid, Jeremy Deller, Sarah Lucas, Brian Eno, Signe Liden, Sally Ann McIntyre etc, at galleries including The Whitworth Gallery (Manchester), Tate Modern and Tate Britain, MOT - Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (Japan), Artisphere (USA)….


The Height of the Reeds: s sound journey for the humber bridge - Hull 2017 commission for Opera North

score for nissei theatre - by Pheobe riley Law


LCC, Lecture Theatre B

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2nd March 2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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CRiSAP & LCC Sound Arts Dpt


London College of Communication
Elephant & Castle
London, SE1 6SB United Kingdom
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