'scores for listening' is a term coined by myself some years ago for works, mostly using text and photographic images, that act as cues for listening experiences. Although the term have since been used by other artists on a personal level I feel there is a strong connection between its original use and the scores created within it.

the scores, dating back over 2 decades mostly, explore the intuitive link between photographic images, situation, text and the compositional process, either performative or the act of listening.

below you can see a selection, the latest book (with 350 minutes of downloadable realisations), news and 2 downloadable pdf collections


first edition (150 copies)

saddle stitched A5 photobook  with download code to 350+ minutes of sound documenting realisations (listening and performed) 

+ initial copies come with a separate limited edition booklet for 'score for listening # 80' prepared for two performances by Nordic Affect in Iceland (at Mengi 2016 & Harpa 2017)

'Jez riley French’s photographic scores series is a compelling intervention in this sea of images. They invite the viewer to see them as conduits, representations, translations or spurs for sound – and this remediation has the effect of reversing some of the effects of our image- saturated culture. Where time in the age of the digital photograph is produced by gliding from one image to the next, French’s photos attempt to bring temporality into the experience of viewing. The images manufacture an experience of time through the visual evocation of sound and soundscapes....By introducing the experience of duration into our consumption of images, via the mediation of phonography, they invite us to attend seriously to our mediated environment and consider our contribution to it' 

- Haworth (Source Journal of Photography - spring 2016'   

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my thanks to Nordic Affect for their realisation of 'score for listening # 80' at Harpa, Dark Music Days festival, Reykjavik, Iceland on 27/1/2017 - The full recital is available to stream here:

http://www.ruv.is/sarpurinn/ras-1/myrkir-musikdagar-2017/20170130


the Icelandic ensemble, Nordic Affect have commissioned me for a new photographic score & the result is 'score for listening # 80 - four variations.

Nordic Affect premiered their unique realisation of the complete score at Mengi, Reykjavik on October 26th,2016 & will perform it again on Jan 27th 2017 at Reykjavik's Dark Music Days Festival.


Halla from the ensemble also included elements of the text based score from myself & Pheobe riley Law in her installation at Nordic Music Days, Reykjavik recently & also at Transistor, Malmo, Sweden H e (a) r Soundscape connected to ecology, acoustics and embodiment; drawing on encounters and what happens in the connection. Performers are Carina Ehrenholm, Angela Rawlings, Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir and Liv Kaastrup Vesterskov. Text score extracted from writings and digital works by Angela Rawlings (In Memory: Jökull*, Jöklar) as well as by Pauline Oliveros, R. Murray Schafer, David Suzuki, Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir, Jez Riley French, Phoebe Riley French, Bernhard Leitner, Heidi Fast and Roni Horn. H e (a) r was directed and composed by Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir and mixed by Kent Olofsson at Inter Arts Center in Malmö, Sweden.



recording of 'waiting / compact (score for listening # 78) realisation by Philip Thomas and Matthew Bourne recorded at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield 30th June 2016



you can find downloadable pdf's of most of my photographic scores & scores for listening at my page on the British Music Collection website:

http://britishmusiccollection.org.uk/composer/jez-riley-french


score for listening # 59 will be exhibited as part of a group show at BlanClass, Japan during May 2016


the new issue of Source Photographic review is a fascinating survey of the links between sound and photography including a feature on my work with photographic scores designed as 'scores for listening' 


'Jez riley French's photographic scores series is a compelling intervention in this sea of images. They invite the viewer to see them as conduits, representations, translations or spurs for sound - and this remediation has the effect of reversing some of the effects of our image-saturated culture. Where time in the age of the digital photograph is produced by gliding from one image to the next, French's photos attempt to bring temporality into the experience of viewing. The images manufacture an experience of time through the visual evocation of sound and soundscapes' - Christopher Haworth (Source - spring 2016)




have managed to get hold of an image from 'score for listening to this forest' from some years ago. the quality isn't great but two of the speakers are just about in view. 

on arrival at the site, in yorkshire, I was shown the feedback from the previous commissioned piece for the forest. amongst the few positive comments were lots of negative ones objecting to the use of sound in a 'natural' environment. I decided to change what I had created for the location. my piece was installed and ran for the allotted week. afterwards the feedback cards were viewed and again showed a high level of similar complaints....comments included mention of the volume of the piece being too high, that the sound was obviously disturbing the nature, that the work showed a lack of empathy for the natural world and that I had imposed my sounds onto the forest.

however the new piece had been that nothing was in fact playing through the speakers

we have become a visual species. the sight of a speaker controls our perception of the sound around us. in fact what happened was that those experiencing the piece simply listened, and in so doing revealed an intensity of sound that they perhaps normally ignore or filter out. 

march 2016:

I've been commissioned by Fresh Yorkshire Aires, alongside Katie English and Nigel Morgan, to create a new photographic score.  The FYA project has been put together to focus on the wealth of cretivity in Yorkshire. The four commissioned scores will be performed by Matthew Bourne and Philip Thomas in Leeds (June 18th) and Sheffield (June 30th).  There will also be a limited edition book and prints of the scores.

The project has been part funded by Leeds College of Music and there's also a crowdfunding campaign to help cover costs involved in the performances, recording and publications, in return for various rewards including signed prints, tickets to the performance, the limited edition score book and tuition sessions. Details can be found at: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/fresh-yorkshire-aires

scores for listening - volume # 1

pdf collection + realisations available here

'until now....photographic scores'

pdf collectionavailable here

bethlehem wires iceland.mp3

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