Visual Sounds: Bio-Akustische Musik, August, 2015
Eden3 – Plein Air Project, Sound of a Tree
by Collins and Goto with Chris Malcom
Curated by Georg Dietzler, presented by ON – Neue Musik Koeln, Germany
(Links to video/sound samples are below the images and texts.)
Sound of a Tree was a specific installation designed for the ON – Neu Musik studio; the project was also a residency allowing us to live with the work. Plein Air has evolved in four iterations from hardware, to a data producing field instrument with sound capabilities, to a simplistic sound programme played by a tree; to its final sculptural form with complex sound and microscopic leaf image affected by changes to photosynthesis and transpiration in a tree leaf. The process of development and early exhibition is presented and discussed here. Iterative development to this most recent final form and function is discussed in a new book on Ecologies of Participation to be published in 2016. Below you will find an image of the installation, five separate videos w the sound made by the trees; and the original exhibition poster. The last video features the flautist Ortrud Kegel!
Close up of Plein Air with good quality audio recording.
Reiko Goto considers a more active sound session.
Detail of of live video, with saturation controlled by leaf photosynthesis.
An onsite experiment with birch leaf shadows and Plein Air in the background
2015 August: Closing concert, flute improvisation by Ortrud Kegel with a Tree