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WCA #416 with Jez riley French – Listening Below the Surface, Contact Mics and Hydrophones, Traces, Swapping Cassettes, and Music Shop Blokes

My guest is Sound Artist Jez riley French. Jez is widely regarded as having played a pivotal role in expanding the use of contact microphones, hydrophones, electromagnetic coils, ultrasonic detectors, geophones, and VLF receivers in the sound arts, sound design (for the screen, theatre, and radio), and music in a wide range of contexts. His work has included commissions and performances for 

  • Tate Modern (UK)
  • The Whitworth (UK)
  • Paradise Air (Japan)
  • MoT – Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (Japan)
  • Spikersuppa Lydgalleri, Oslo (Norway)
  • Baltic (UK)
  • Steklenik (Slovenia)
  • Museo Reina Sofia (Spain)
  • Catalyst Arts (N. Ireland)
  • Artisphere (USA)
  • Harpa (Iceland)
  • Mengi (Iceland)
  • The Wired Lab (Australia)
  • Mullae Art Space (Korea)
  • q-02 (Belgium) 

In this episode, we discuss

  • Open Space of Yorkshire
  • New Wave and Punk
  • Sharp Recorder
  • Fascination with Listening
  • Sexism in Music
  • Contact Mics and Hydrophones
  • Listening Below the Surface
  • Pre-Internet Research
  • Music Shop Blokes
  • Swapping Cassettes
  • Feeling Right to Press Record
  • Traces
  • Setting up a Distribution Company
  • Durational Listening
  • The Emotion of Listening
  • Audio Memory
  • Recording Mediums
  • Sound Art
  • Making a Living
  • Field Recording Approaches
  • There Are No Rules
  • Influences

Matt’s Rant: Holiday Reset

Links and Show Notes


  • Guest: Jex riley French
  • Host: Matt Boudreau
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith