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is a landscape sound installation that grows in the same way as a forest ecosystem. Portraying the thriving activity of the forest's wildlife, plants and atmospheric conditions, it creates an ever-changing symphony heard amongst the forest itself.
Since 2014 I have worked directly with composer James Bulley
and programmer Daniel Jones
on their ongoing artwork Living Symphonies
, as it has toured across six forests throughout the U.K.
My main responsibilities have included: recording sessions with musicians; highly-detailed editing of audio assets; design of generative music systems; spatial mixing across 24 speakers; installation of speakers and audio hardware within the forests; testing and debugging of custom audio software; photo and video documentation; and leading installation volunteers.
"Working with ecologists and wildlife experts, the artists develop a detailed map of the flora and fauna that inhabit the forest site. Each species is depicted by a unique set of musical motifs that portray its changing behaviours over the day and night, coming to life as the species awakens, and moving, developing and interacting just as the organism it represents. Dozens of these motifs can be heard at any moment, mapped across the real space of the forest and heard back through a three-dimensional speaker system."
"Living Symphonies toured four of England's forests in 2014, co-produced by Forestry Commission England and Sound And Music, and with support from Arts Council England. In Summer 2019, Living Symphonies was exhibited in Epping Forest, London as part of the Borough of Culture and National Park City festival. Living Symphonies was exhibited at Compton Verney April–July 2023."