Living Symphonies, an immersive outdoor sound installation by artist duo James Bulley and Daniel Jones, will be touring four forests across England this summer.
Starting at Thetford Forest, Suffolk and based on the real-time activity of each site’s flora, fauna and atmospheric conditions, Living Symphonies is a generative artwork that evolves as its environment does – an ever-changing musical composition played out in the canopies and undergrowth.
Collaborators since 2010, artists Jones and Bulley explore the boundaries of sound art, music, and process-based composition, drawing on human and natural systems and patterns as ways of organising sound. Previous works include Maelstrom, a shifting, chordal piece that draws on user-created audio uploaded to the Internet; and Variable 4, an 8-speaker work that translates weather conditions into musical patterns in real-time.
Living Symphonies is installed at Thetford Forest until 30 May before going on to visit Fineshade Woods, Northamptonshire (20-26 June); Cannock Chase, Staffordshire (26 July-1 August); and Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent (26-31 August). The project has been produced by Forestry Commission England and Sound And Music, with support from Arts Council England.