Portraying the thriving activity of the forest’s wildlife, plants and atmospheric conditions, Living Symphonies creates an ever-changing symphony heard amongst the forest itself. Composed and realised by James Bulley and Daniel Jones, Living Symphonies will be taking place across four of England’s forests between May and August 2014.
Working with the Forestry Commission’s ecologists and forest experts, James and Daniel have selected rich and diverse areas in four forests to replicate through an artificial model of its ecosystem, mimicking the behaviours of the real wildlife. Each animal, tree and plant is linked to a unique set of musical instrumentation and motifs, which portray its changing behaviours. Dozens of these musical elements are heard at once, collectively creating an ever-changing symphony from the complex web of interactions that make up the forest. Living Symphonies is experienced from a network of speakers embedded invisibly amongst the canopy and undergrowth.
Living Symphonies will tour to four forests across England this Summer
24 – 30 May, High Lodge – Thetford Forest,
20 – 26 June, Top Lodge – Fineshade Woods
26 July – 1 August, Birches Valley – Cannock Chase Forest
26 – 31 August, Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest