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Gene Pool#69 Sonic Season: Jez riley French

P6080071This 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.

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Listen: Gene Pool#69: Jez riley French

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Is Internetwork Broken?

network-boxI ran a one day DIY Contact Mic Recording workshop recently, building a DIY audio tool from a cheap Piezo transducer and a handful of joyful bits and pieces. Building the Contact Mic is quite straightforward, but I’ve created a step by step wiring guide to use during the workshop day which I’ve uploaded as a PDF here.

There’s a bit of an issue when it comes to dipping the soldered Piezo into the Plasti-Dip, but I’ve got an idea to track down a suitably sized ice-cube or jelly mold, so the option to create Homer Simpson shaped Contact Mics now seems a tangible reality!

Once the assembly and soldering was completed,  during the afternoon we explored the use of the new devices to record the audio vibrations around the building we were in.

Gaining access to the Plant Room of a large building is entering Drone Central for contact mic recordists. The room housed all of the boilers, ducting and control panels for various building services, most of which produced interesting audio. The main switchbox in the room had a screen stuck announcing the warning alert “Is Internetwork Broken?” – who knows? Still, applying the Piezo contact mics to the pipes, ducting and resonant surfaces provided a rich vein of  top quality drones.

plant-roomBlue Wall Duct

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Boiler Vent

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Boiler Hum

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Opportunities to Broadcast

I’ve recently 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,  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. The dozen or so people involved in the live event will thus be joined by a global audience of several thousand.

I’ve made a short preview video edit from the weekend, which is available via YouTube