Living Symphonies – Touring Forestry Commission England Sites from May until August 2014 2

Living Symphonies – Touring Forestry Commission England Sites from May until August 2014



Daniel Jones and James Bulley, an artist duo that have been working together since 2010, are presently touring the natural soundscapes this summer, spiraling  plants and animals into virtual conductors. Visiting four Forestry Commission England sites until 31st August, Living Symphonies is a musical creation which thrives to evoke the thriving activity of the forest’s wildlife, plants and atmospheric conditions; the evolve within nature can be heard aurally, with no shortage of change throughout the composition.

After working with ecologists, Bulley and Jones will bring this immersive live sound installation to several sites around the map after trialling it around England mapping the wildlife in different woodscapes. Paying fine attention to detail each organism in the ecosystem of the forest has been assigned a different musical motif. Interaction between this organism, the atmos and digital technologies will mean that the conduction will come from the impact of the living life within the forest, evoking hidden, and occupied  life though the aural landscape.

Innovative and meticulous, blatantly all audiences will receive a different composition to the next, as neither two forest-scapes will be clones of each other in terms of life, organisms, weather, climate and movement, and I assume this sensory stimulant is to provoke the crowds into thinking about the aspects of life that exist within the forests, that it becomes too easy to forget about.

Bulley and Jones are rather adept at this line of work being an artist duo that draws on systems and patterns from the world around us which will equip their listeners with the ability to not only understand the world around them from this auditory composition but also understand the concept of composition.

With a list of venues under their belt already such as the Southbank Centre and Barbican, it is not difficult to understand that they will get the numbers to these alfresco gigs, particularly as the summer season has now hit.

With support from not only Forestry Commission England, but also Sound and Music as well as Arts Council England there is still time to catch this educational stimulant in Fineshade Woods, Cannock Chase or Bedgebury Pinetum. Please see the website for more details:

Living Symphonies from Jones/Bulley on Vimeo.

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