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Jez Riley French's 4 Questions on Field Recordings: Kiyoshi Mizutani

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How do you use your field recordings in your own artistic output?
Almost always I use it without the effect and mixes. Occasionally, I restructure it. But other sounds are not added.

Do you regard 'natural' sounds as a musical element (bearing in mind that the conventional definition of 'music' is rapidly becoming obsolete) or as sound? Is this definition important to you? Does it matter?
I am made to think by the sound of nature 'what is the music'. The sound of nature contains a lot of musical messages. It is a signal and information from the nature. It is a musical element included in the nature. I'm interested in it.

How has the act of field recording altered the way you listen to your everyday surroundings and how has it affected the way you listen to other music and sound (if at all)?
Daily life and the way to listen to the music doesn't change at all, though the fun of walking in nature has increased.

One more specific question: about your 'dawn at kobo No Matsu park' webpage - for the benefit of readers who haven't visited this page before could you tell us more about these recordings & the location itself ?
OK. These recordings are records of 90 seconds from the time of sunrise at the same place. I continued it for a week in each season. The location is a park in the hills near my home. There is a house in the neighbourhood.

Interview conducted by Jez Riley French in March 2008 for the in place blog, republished with kind permission of the author. Jez Riley French is a UK based artist whose work focuses on the exploration of detail via intuitive composition, extended field recording techniques and photography. Visit his website here.

Homepage: Kiyoshi Mizutani