(open) strings | vristulven / västra

by Jez riley French

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***headphones or conventional speakers needed for the full frequency range of the recordings to be audible***

comes with two bonus tracks of the core '(open) string' field recordings

. line through a monitored forest #1 (30:00)
. line through a monitored forest #2 (26:20)

field recordings / located sound
(inc. wih JrF c-series contact microphones)
guitar / clear inputs
analogue synthesizer

one: composition based on recordings from Västra Götalands, Sweden

two: version of the piece with only located sounds

three / four: field recordings of the (open) strings (bonus tracks)

*there is minimal use of an analogue synthesizer at the start and end of the track. The central sounds of the piece are unprocessed field recordings of found strings (cables) resonating in the wind

intuitive, initial fasciation with the momentary experience not of the sound alone but of the entire situation.

all sound has materiality. all sound can be archive. the self is present, the structures themselves not merely documented but a frame for time and situation. what is contained in the memory of any recording is a mesh of the physical and the personal. how much of this could ever be conveyed to others is unclear. it borders between what is or was there, what happened in that durational experience and the difference between imposition and listening


released December 4, 2020

'All aspects of French’s life connect back to his art. He’s impacted more by the time he spends with his daughter, or just “sitting somewhere, watching and listening to life” than he is by any particular musician or artist. As a result, the respect that French has for field recording—something he prefers to call “located sound”—makes sense: in the same way that his personal and work life are intertwined, his albums are the result of him seeing field recording as a bridge between art and life itself.' (bandcamp daily)

'Jez riley French has spent many years in pursuit of the worlds more delicate and overlooked sounds...It's not surprising that his interest also extends beyond the audible realms. What it reveals is often startling...French's skill is both as documentarian and interpreter, selecting and processing the waves in a way that makes them audible, yet preserves a sense of strangeness...'
(The Wire Magazine)


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