To Sing a forest is an organic movement with
three musicians, trees and a dancer.
Real-time interaction with living trees allows the person to be directly
affected and influenced by nature. The tree's movement affect the
characteristics, the direction and the spatial placing for the sound. It affects
the density, tonality and the rhythm of the resulting music.
Each composition explores a way to directly affect the performer's
improvisational style and patterns using different influence sources and media
types. The tree's movements create a different improvisational environment in
Traveling – Tree harmonic array: same wind, different people, same tree.
Listen, Forget, Listen – Organic shifting-drone, for a dhrupad singer.
Ground – influence a dancer using tree-controlled light and sound.
Irregularity becomes regular – acts as the only consistent non-linear
Movements are the unifying force in this performance.
To express these subtle movements in nature, subtle meetings occur:
an Italian experimental dhrupad singer (Amelia Cuni) allows a tree in
to bend her tune with a microtonal drone.
a non-linear Israeli tabla player (Oori Shalev) allow the gentle breeze to
override him. a multi-sounding american guitarist (Seth Josel) allows a
tree in Mexico to govern his sound.
an original contemporary Japanese dancer (Junko Wada) conforms to
the "danceable regions" governed by a tree in Berlin.
Computer controlled light is gently used to create visual
motion and shades the movements,
creating another layer for experiencing and perceiving "flow".
Wide array of sensing methods are used in this project in order to add "natural
interaction points" into
the factors affecting the resulting art.
From the small acceleration sensor on the tip of a tree in Mexico to the one on
the singer's right hand, we aim to
input as much expressions of natural movements into the computer to be mixed
into the sonic and visual result.
..and they all interact into -one-
a flow. movement.
The four methods in which the tree's movements affect the performers are
inter-linked between them. convolution then happens.
By the collaboration with
in Berlin, we already have real-time access to three active
in Florence (Italy), Berlin (Germany) and San Luis Potosi (Mexico)
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