LIFECYCLE OF THE OAK
FROM ACORN TO ANCIENT
Supposing secret rainforests, hidden in the very bones of Wales, could reunite as once they were, to sing themselves into exsistence, would we listen to their song? What if trees were empowered to join the climate debate in their own voice, what might they say? Inspired by repurposing the technology that fuels her hearing aids, Environmental Sound Artist, Cheryl Beer has been collaborating with trees, from sapling to the most ancient, measuring their biorhythms from beneath the bark, converting conductivity into digital sound & notating the results to create beautiful, tree-led compositions for piano. That's right, piano music composed in collaboration with trees! Click the Sound Circle below & listen to a chronological trail of oak trees from Coed Felenrhyd Celtic Rainforest. You will notice how the sapling guzzles without pause, where the older tree takes her time. But in reality, all of these biorhythms are playing at once, both within the tree and beneath the soil, so the piece ends with a cacophanous crescendo of all 6 trees that Cheryl worked with - Just imagine how the entire rainforest must sound. Scroll down to listen to the next Sound Sculpture : Rain Sonata.
The Lifecycle of the Oak - From Acorn to Ancient
What could be more magical than to stand in the rain of the most ancient rainforests in Wales. These forests feature in the Mabiginion & is part of our ancient bardic tradition. So, do as our ancestors did; relax, take a breath & listen to Rain Sonata - seemingly solo & yet you will hear all the rains from throughout the forest combined as one, at Coed Felenrhyd,
The Listening Grove at Coed Felenrhyd & Llennyrch
Compare & contrast the trees of Coed Felenrhyd & Llennyrch with 60 second soundbites of each.
Photographs, Sound Engineer, Composer, Environmental Sound Artist & Producer: Cheryl Beer. Piano by Milka. Audio descriptions by Cheryl Beer & Alison Williams. Hearing Asst.Alison Williams