Wednesday, 22 June 2011

i'm now back in Europe & slowly filtering the recordings & experiences of hunting for lights - light houses & houses for / of light in Japan & Korea....

I don't, as a rule, do 'commissions' - thats to say that I can't do what I do at the drop of a hat & without feeling some connection to a project. That's one of the reasons I don't use the term 'sound artist' in relation to myself.

This trip started with a simple idea, became a bit complicated due to the tragic circumstances in Japan & has ended up closer to what makes me tick - it's been about finding, about place & the capture of moments....

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Korea -

spending several days in Seoul, the prospect of heading 2 hours or so out to the coast to record the one lighthouse that I had intended to record suddenly seems a strange thing to do when one considers my own way of enjoying the act of field recording & exploration. The momentary, the detail of moments is what inspires me. So, as with Japan (but for different reasons) I found myself drawn not to marine lighthouses but to urban beacons - lights that guide people moving around Seoul or that act as markers for small boats along the Han river....

....for the young couples in the parks the illuminations of each massive bridge spanning the river act as a kind of electric sunset as they wait for them to be turned off at around 11pm - a signal for the time they should begin to leave & find their way home....

....the north Seoul tower is perhaps the single most visible light in the landscape of Seoul & attracts thousands of visitors each week....I shall go there too, but right now it is the smaller light bearing structures that seems to be drawing me in....

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

things changed in became harder to get access to the 'lighthouses' along the coast & this prompted me to ponder the meaning of 'lighthouse' - also after I discovered 'lighthouse' in kyoto (a centre for the visually impaired)....

a light atop a structure to guide travellers
this places matters of safety alongside distance & closeness
a hoped for sign in the distance
a warning upon coming too close

in practical terms I began to find lights in houses that guided me as I explored Tokyo, Kyoto & the surrounding areas

lights that stood out somehow from the others around them....

many thoughts & feelings....of a personal coming close & feeling far away....looking for guidance, looking for signs of safe harbour inside oneself....self doubt & a gradual process of recovery....


Thursday, 19 May 2011

'how we are

for that light


how we are

Friday, 13 May 2011


nerves are tighter following the earthquake & tsunami - gaining permission to access some of the sites I had in mind is harder now....

whilst researching other options on the opposite coast of japan I came across a building in Kyoto called 'the light house' - a centre for children with sight problems.

....this led me to think about what a 'lighthouse' actually is, what it does - its form & function....from there my thoughts have extended to an idea to explore locations on the edges of the cities I will visit....looking for other lights in buildings that serve as a visual 'lighthouse' in the landscape - a reassuring sight in the evening & a guide for travellers in the night

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Jez riley French

I am fascinated and passionate about the infinite detail and expanding vistas of life around us, its sights and sounds, often overlooked or hidden. My creative output focuses on this never ending, joyous exploration via intuitive composition, conventional & extended field recording techniques, photography & photographic scores. The music / sound I create has evolved from improvisation to what I prefer to term 'intuitive composition' and has increasingly involved elements such as a love of audible silence & stillness & the empathy of compositional paths. These evolved from my need to always remain open to my emotive, intuitive response to situations & environments.
I have a wonderful life....
lighthouse relay - 'score for light(houses)' 2011
in june, travelling in Japan & Korea....recording the audible silence of lighthouses (& light houses)....capturing moments if pressing 'record' feels right....exploring through camera lenses....finding

eventually a score will be created - for field recordings & quietudes - the process is intuitive & emotive, drawing on entire experiences
photographic scores: during the years I have been creating scores I have gradually learned a simplicity and clarity that comes closest to my intentions....some are for performers, others are for field recordings & a few are for situations....performers with a willingness and natural ability to respond to the creative impulses in the scores bring them to new places....

examples of recent photographic scores: