I’m midway through my 3 week summer residency at the Bloedel Reserve, where I am creating a new installation called Symphonic Forest, which is sculptural-sound installation that creates a data-driven soundscape from live data from trees.
It’s a lot of work! Come check out its premiere on Thursday, August 12th (noon to 5pm) and Friday, August 13th (10am-2pm).
(there are no walkups)
What you will experience is a site-specific installation with emergent acoustic behavior of tree data, depicting several states that the forest will go through. When one tree goes to a new emotion, for example, being excited, then it will influence the other trees to do the same.
I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to create this new work in this amazing reserve. It’s an evolution of much of the work that I’ve done in the last 4 years, including Sonaqua, Unnatural Language (in collaboration with Michael Ang), and Botanic Quartet.
These are some preliminary videos:
Initial walk-through of the installation site (below)
Initial sound tests (below) at the installation site
Emergent Behavior Test (below) — this shows the 12 trees and the communication model, where they will go from one state to another, influencing one another. I modeled this in p5.js and the final version will use OSC over wifi with the ESP32 chips from the project.