audible silence - tate modern

by Jez riley French

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7+ hours of archive recordings from JrF's Tate Modern commission

listening to architectural spaces and structures has been a key element of my interest in sound over the years. it developed from a combination of early experiences that hinted towards the connections between perceived audible stillness and place, and a personal enjoyment of durational listening. I always consider whether or not to accompany releases with extensive notes on concept, process or context but I often give way to a more basic impulse to emphasise that whilst each act of listening, each compositional press of ‘record’ and all the subsequent processes are vast and diverse topographies of thought, the element of their obviously internal, often quite private nature is as valid a context as one more publicly stated. having said that this too is a process; a signal or trace of the interaction between sound and language, between intention and another form of space.

in total for the piece i was commissioned to make for the tate (tate modern - sleeping and waking) i spent around 10 days listening to the building, its surfaces and structures, its spaces and situations. i slept in the empty galleries some nights, on a slim settee in a staff room on others.

this release features most of the recordings, some are documents, some are situated compositions (the act of pressing record is an act of composition), others are performative in some sense

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released December 10, 2019

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