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just back from murmuration # 2 & what a week ! a full write up will be posted soon.

feedback from participants and guest artists is starting to come in:

murmuration # 2 - feedback starting to come in (thanks folks !):


'Thanks again for a very uplifting week! it was so full of inspiring people and the insight I gleamed from yourself and Chris was invaluable. It was honestly even better than I had hoped it would be'


'I am so grateful for this experience. We have listened to the trees, whispered to fences, chased owls, submerged in dawn choruses, recorded decomposition, poked ant nests and, quite possibly, freaked out a few locals.

It's been deeply inspiring, thank you all, every single one of you. A very special thank you to Jez Riley French & Chris Watson for inviting me and being as talented and generous as they both are. Damn, I wish we had another week!''


Wow, what a week. Met so many wonderful people from the world of sound and film. Jez and Chris - I have no words for how inspirational and wonderful they are and how much I have learnt through their dedication and passion for their art. My mind feels fresh after switching off for a week and I now have 40 hours worth of recordings to get through'


'Thanks to Jez Riley French and Chris Watson for a fantastic, inspiring week in Glenshee listening, recording, walking, talking…it was such a special week'


'incredibly enriching and inspiring week, learning from and recording with some of the best field recordists in the world in GlenShee in Scotland'


'I also wanted to say a huge thanks for the opportunity, it was a really wonderful, fun and inspiring week - such a pleasure to meet everyone!

It was so good to spend time with you again, enjoy your wonderful humour and once more play the fences with violin bows!'


'Thank you for organising another great workshop in such wonderful company'


'thank you so much. It's been really wonderful to come back. Thank you for making this happen'


I just wanted to say thank you for an amazing week. I don't really have the words but it was inspirational to spend time with such lovely people in that environment'

Now that I’ve had a few days to digest everything I just wanted to send a note to say a huge thank you for an incredible week.

I learned so much, and the conversations, friendships, scenery and great meals only added to an already terrific week. Thanks so much to you and Chris for all your patience explaining things, and for opening our ears, eyes and minds!  

a great big thank you to Chris, Maggie, Jez, our 3 special Film Makers, our Chefs and all you wonderful participants. I had a brilliant week thanks to you all 

it's been an experience like few in a lifetime, full of overwhelmingly inspirational sounds, views and, above all, people...It's you and your sensitivity, kindness, humility, generosity, sense of humour, social commitment and sharp mind...and of course talent! For me it's a combination that is rare and makes all the difference, so thanks so much

& here is a small selection of pictures

the first 'murmuration' workshop took place in June 2018 & was a fantastic week. Having run & tutored on workshops for many years I have to say this one was quite something - a combination of great location, fascinating participants & guest artists and an overall atmosphere amongst all attending of a broad, engaged and inclusive exploration of all aspects of located sound (sound art, field recording, acoustic ecology, sound design, soundscape, sound installation & diffusion etc).

full details of murmuration # 2 - 'view', taking place in June 2019 are available below. Places were open to booking at the start of August & the trip is already fully booked. You can of course still request to be placed on the waiting list for this special trip by completing the form at the bottom of this page or by emailing me here

murmuration # 2  |  view

Saturday 15th - Friday 21st June 2019 

Glenshee, Scotland


Chris Watson

Jez riley French

& guest artists

After an amazing trip in 2018 i’m pleased to announce ‘murmuration # 2 - view’, the second gathering of listeners in this area of stunning Scottish landscapes and diverse recording opportunities.

Geographically Glenshee offers Munros (mountains over 3000 feet), loch’s, rivers and glens. The trip promises to be a rich source of inspiration, listening and recording possibilities and a chance to discuss and share knowledge around the subjects of located sound, acoustic ecology and contemporary sound practice in its varied forms. Additionally for this trip each of the guest artists will offer their insights into the relationship between located sound and the image (still and moving). We’ll have talks, q&a sessions and a highly enjoyable 16mm found footage workshop.

cost: £795 per person

which includes 6 nights full board accommodation in Glenshee, on the edge of the Cairngorms

Saturday 15th - Friday 21st June 2019

*currently the trip is fully booked - however you can register for the waiting list and to be kept informed of murmuration # 3 & any other workshops / trips i'm involved with.

complete the form below or email Jez at

The week is intended for those with some experience of working with located sound / field recording & other areas of experiential site-specific work as it will be in the format of a field trip / gathering rather than a series of formal, instructional steps for beginners. That said we of course welcome participants at all stages of experience and both Jez & Chris will be on hand throughout to offer guidance, support and deliver talks on various aspects of the act & art of listening. Each of the guest artists joining us will provide additional content in the way of talks. playback and workshops. We're pleased to have with us Julia Parks, who'll run a 16mm found footage workshop, artist filmmaker Emily Richardson, composer and sound designer Jana Irmert and filmmaker and activist Greta Santagata. 

Of course, alongside the guest artists, the participants usually include many renowned practitioners in various areas of sound: sound artists, nature recordists, sound designers, composers etc. 

During the week we’ll also hold screenings of films with a strong connection to located sound.


For this unique trip our base will be at Gulabin Lodge in Glenshee, Highland Perthshire. We have booked the entire site to ensure we can come & go as we please at all hours.

Accommodation is in shared rooms, most of which have between 2 and 9 beds. The lodge itself can sleep a total of 37 people however to ensure we have space to spread out and for a good group size places available for participants are limited to well below capacity. Bed linen is provided but you do need to bring your own towels.

We’ll have full catering; breakfast, lunch (packed as we’ll no doubt be out during the day) & evening meals. All dietary needs will be accommodated of course.

Above all the trip will be a chance for us to gather together & spend several days listening, recording, sharing our experience and generally having a great time meeting good folks. So do join us & be part of this murmuration of listeners !

for full details & terms of booking please read this page carefully & also do read some of the feedback from the June 2018 murmuration - it was indeed a special trip for us all.


day one - saturday 15th june: arrive after 3pm, with our evening meal planned for 7:30pm followed by an introductory meeting

day two to six: daily activities exploring the area + evening talks & playback / review sessions to be scheduled according to the good old Scottish weather - if its fine we’ll be out exploring no doubt !

Given the location & the wealth of environments nearby it is advised that participants have their own transport & are prepared to spend some time during the week working independently or in smaller groups. We will attempt to car share for exploring further afield once there & in the run up to the course we’ll connect all participants so that any car sharing / lifts to & from the accommodation can also be arranged. There are plenty of locations nearby, including several Munro’s & renowned walking routes, for those who want to explore on foot of course. Jez & Chris will of course be on hand to assist and guide people who wish to learn more about the techniques they use or simply to join in their explorations.

some of the locations nearby include:

. 21 Munros within a 15 mile radius inc. Glas Maol, Tolmount, Cairnwell, Can a Gheoildh & Ben Gulabin

. Glenshee Glen , Glen Lochsie & Glen Tairneach

. The Cateran trail - a walking path used by 15th century cattle rustlers

. several Loch’s inc. Loch Vrotachan, Loch Beanie, Auchintaple Loch & Loch Muick

. Corrie Fee National Nature Reserve

. Mar Lodge Estate, home to BBC’s Winterwatch

. several water courses of various sizes inc. Allta Ghlinne Bhig, Alt Coolah & Shee water + small glen pools that should be rich with aquatic flora & fauna.

. during the week we’ll hold informal (late night !) screenings of films with a strong connection to located sound.

day seven - friday 21st June: depart after breakfast by 11am.

Gulabin Lodge also has on site mountain bike rental which is available for an additional charge payable directly to the lodge owners (£20 per day / £60 for 5 days).

We will be based some distance from the nearest town, Blairgowrie which is approx 35 mins by car, so it is advised that you arrive with any additional supplies you might need for the week, though i’m sure we’ll be making at least one trip to restock.

Although we are going to be in a stunning part of Scotland we would advise that there might well be different sonic elements audible in some of our surroundings; walkers, flights overhead, road hum in the distance in some locations at certain times. Aspects of the reality of environmental sound will be discussed during the trip, including whether expectation might serve to separate us from the reality of a planet in constant flux.

Following the trip participants will be welcome to contribute recordings or pieces stemming from the trip to a special online compilation curated & compiled by Jez & Pheobe, along similar lines to the one from the 2018 trip (release imminent) & ‘a quiet position - orford ness’  edition, which can be found here: a quiet position - orford ness

Above all the trip will be a chance for us to gather together & spend several days listening, recording, sharing our experience and generally having a great time meeting good folks. So do join us & be part of this murmuration of listeners !

about the artists

about the artists # 1 - Chris Watson

Chris Watson is one of the world's leading recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena & his recordings are increasingly used not only in film, tv, games and albums for the Touch label but also installed in galleries and outdoor environments. For tv he has worked alongside David Attenborough on some of the most respected natural history tv series and on radio makes regular contributions to programmes on the BBC.

In 1971 he was a founding member of the influential Sheffield-based band Cabaret Voltaire, and as such has had a significant effect on electronic and experimental music. He continues to influence explorative music and has become one of the most widely commissioned artists working with sound.

about the artists # 2 - Jez riley French

Using intuitive composition, field recording, improvisation and photography, Jez has been exploring his enjoyment of and interest in detail, simplicity and his emotive response to places and situations for over 3 decades.

Alongside performances, exhibitions, installations, JrF lectures and runs workshops around the world and his range of specialist microphones are widely used by recordists, sound artists, musicians, sound designers and cultural organisations. He also works as a curator of live events, a record label, of sound installations and an arts zine ‘verdure engraved’.

In recent years he has been working extensively on recordings of surfaces, spaces and situations and developing the concept of photographic scores and ‘scores for listening’, which have featured widely in publications and exhibitions.

His work has been exhibited in shows and installations alongside that of Yoko Ono, David Bowie, Pauline Oliveros, Chris Watson, Jana Winderen, Alvin Lucier, Annea Lockwood, Ryuchi Sakamoto, Stars of the Lid, Jeremy Deller, Sarah Lucas, Brian Eno, Signe Liden, Sally Ann McIntyre etc, at galleries including The Whitworth Gallery (Manchester), Tate Modern and Tate Britain, MOT - Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (Japan), Artisphere (USA).

about the artists # 3 - Julia Parks

I’m pleased to announce that film maker & photographer Julia Parks will be joining us for the trip. Julia will be joining us to run an informal 16mm found footage workshop, giving us all the chance to manipulate and alter footage (inc. their soundtracks). Her own interest in the connections between sound and film has seen her explore a diverse range of subjects from salt pans on the Cumbrian coast to seaweed as a subject and processing material.

Julia Parks’s practice encompasses film, animation and photography, often using series of photographs and projected 16mm film. Through this medium, she explores the different relationships between landscape, place and people, often focusing on the west-coast of Cumbria. Having graduated from Central Saint Martin’s School of Art in 2015, Julia has since exhibited work in exhibitions and film festivals in the UK, Europe and Japan. She organised the Arts Council-funded residency, The Allerdale Film Farm, which explored handmade 16mm film making in West-Cumbria. In April 2018 she was featured on BBC Countryfile where she demonstrated how to develop 16mm film using seaweed. Julia is based in west Cumbria, UK

about the artists # 4 - Emily Richardson

Emily Richardson is a filmmaker whose work explores our relationship to our physical environment and the role image making technologies and sound play in defining, changing and shaping it. Her films are encounters with a diverse range of landscapes and sites in transition ranging from empty East End London streets, forests, North Sea oil fields, post-war tower blocks, empty cinemas and Cold War military facilities. She has recently completed a practice-led PhD at the Royal College of Art researching the translation of architectural space to filmic space through a trilogy of films about British architects prototype houses of the 1960s. Her films have been shown in galleries, museums and festivals internationally and are distributed by Lux, London and Lightcone, Paris. Emily has also collaborated with fellow artists such as Chris Watson (‘Cobra Mist’). She was awarded the Gilles Dusein Prize, Paris 2009 in recognition of her films.

about the artists # 5 - Jana Irmert

Jana Irmert is a sound and media artist based in Berlin. Her practice involves audiovisual and musical performance, electroacoustic multichannel compositions, experimental film works and joint projects with filmmakers, dancers and visual artists. Being interested in less tangible aspects of existence like temporality and impermanence, she creates atmospheric audiovisual or sonic spaces 'that work with dis/harmony in such a way as to mirror our imperfect world at the moment.' (TJ Norris)

Her work has been presented at international festivals and exhibitions including the European Sound Art Award, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Sound Explicit (Slovenia), the I-Park Environmental Arts Biennale (USA), the Academy of Arts Berlin and the Banff Centre (Canada). In 2016, she released her first album End of Absence on Fabrique Records which received critical praise from various music blogs and magazines and has been internationally broadcast on RAI 3, Resonance FM and BBC Radio 3. In 2018, her second album FLOOD has been released.

As sound designer, she has contributed work for feature films, documentaries, VR experiences and video installations. Recent collaborations have included projects with Jóhann Jóhannsson, Christopher Chaplin, Florian Baron and Freja Andersson.

Jana attended the 2018 ‘murmuration’ trip and we’re very pleased to invite her back as a guest to discuss her work, including her involvement on Jóhannsson ‘Last & First Men’.

about the artists # 6 - Greta Santagata

pleased to announced that Greta will present some of her work and discuss the role of conservation film as an agent of change and the challenges of recording (sound and image) in potentially dangerous covert situations.

A third artist, a third scientist, a third activist - in chronological order.

Greta is a filmmaker who believes in using the power of the moving image and sound to expose the weirdly abusive relationship Man has developed with Nature. Her background is unconventional: having studied fine arts in Italy, then received a degree and a masters in Computational Neuroscience from the University of Manchester, she then decided to combine art and science in the practice of documentary filmmaking. Her work has taken her all around Europe to report on the illegal shooting and trapping of wild animals and the collusion between the hunting lobbies and political power. Her latest film on the illegal trapping of songbirds on the British military bases in Cyprus has been selected and prized at a number of international festivals. She occasionally works for the BBC, but mostly independently or in association with activist and environmental groups. Greta has also been working with Chris Packham on the march for wildlife event and campaign.

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