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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.

More Info

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Jez riley French on Bandcamp

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Quake Movie

I ran another of my occasional game design workshops last week, this time focussing on multi-player deathmatch maps in the timeless Quake engine (well, actually its pretty old now but have 3D game engines really come that far since ?).

As ever, one day with a group of young people who have never made a map before tends to go towards the “huge-room-with-loads-of-monsters” style of design. But thanks to my very able assistant on the day, we managed to get everything finished plus get a demo of game play on each of the maps.

I made a video – here it is:

Hidden Sounds

I’ve been swapping my work roles with even greater frequency lately, recently tutoring a workshop in using “WordPress for Web Design” and this last weekend, one of my favourites: building “DIY Contact Microphones

We had a good group assemble for the day, which involved part building our own piezo contact mics, and part sound-hunting around the 18th Century mansion that houses our venue,  South Hill Park Arts Centre with the working microphones.

After doing this a few times, I’ve found some real hotspots within the building like the Plant Room that houses all of the heating and ventilation equipment, but there are always a few surprise discoveries too.

Here are a couple of samples from the day:
Glass Table Top

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Plant Room Pipes

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My notes for the Contact Mic construction, with a small list of parts and UK sources can be downloaded here: Contact Mic Notes 2a 

In a forthcoming episode of the Gene Pool podcast, we’ll be featuring some new contact microphone recordings, donated by members of the Phonography email group. Current contributions range from Ferry and Bridge recording from UK artists, Joe Stevens and Matt Davies to deserted factory sounds and tramlines in Prague from Steve Barsoti, Udo Noll and Pablo Sanz.

Keep an eye on the Twitter for the schedule.