This episode is the first of a five episode “Sonic Season” of improvisation and sonic arts shows.
The life of the field recording artist explored in conversation with Jez Riley French.
Independence and integrity of artistic practice are strong themes with the globetrotting Yorkshire-man whose DIY JrF contact microphones have become something of an industry standard tool among sound artists.
We discuss community, microphones and recording equipment including geophones, hydrophones and contact microphones as well as vibrating staircases and the “Stairway to Heaven” of the field recording world.
This podcast features some original recordings made during a weekend workshop led by Jez as well as audio from his own archive material.
Hidden, Passive and Open, Flutterances, Binaural and Contact Audio.
In October 2010, we hosted sound artist, broadcaster and producer of the Framework radio show, Patrick McGinley. Patrick led a weekend at South Hill Park on “Field Recording & Creative Radio“. The final outcome of the two day workshop is planned to be production of a series of episodes for the “Framework:afield” edition of the weekly show which airs on Resonance FM and other stations across Europe.
This episode of the “Gene Pool” pulls together fragments of conversation, interviews, sound recordings and demonstrations from the weekend to create a hub, from which the other episodes of the series will emanate and evolve.
I’ve recentlyÂ been seeing more of what I do as a way of developing content for future transmission. In the way that, if you’re promoting a commercial art event, the number of people who hear and see it via online documentation should be seen as equally important as the people who participate in it at the time. Only, within the industry, they’re not.
This is my current theme with the Arts Industry in which I work: in a world which has an increasing number of channels for transmitting information, what is becoming increasingly important is the quality of your content. And, if it can muster it’s addled mind from ages of “bums on seats” thinking, the Arts Industry – which produces quality content just by it’s very nature, Â is ideally placed to contribute in this way. Why not then, see ourselves as media content producers, as well as promoters of live events?
Anyway, let me get to the real point. My “Found Sound Stories” sonic arts development event, led by artist, Janek Schaefer earlier this month was a huge success, due to a combination of the considerable skill and charm of Mr. Schaefer, the immense marketing effort of myself and my intern and the positive spirit of the participants. I made a 55 minute programme for radio from audio material generated over the weekend event and a few recorded interviews with those involved. The excellent Patrick McGinley , who produces the “Framework” show for visionary London radio station, Resonance FM (and others) will be broadcasting my programme as part of his season at 10pm on 20th December 2009. This will be followed by a podcast archive and then an alternative edit appearing on my own “Gene Pool” Podcast later in December.Â The dozen or so people involved in the live event will thus be joined by a global audience of several thousand.