Forest Talk Radio: Old Growth

Walking piece details

Duration 60 minutes
Cost Free

FTR Old Growth Teaser

CC-BY-NC: David Merleau

In this second instalment of Forest Talk Radio, you find yourself deep in an ancient forest, struggling to make sense of your surroundings after you learn that trees have somehow commandeered the digital info-grid to hack into the human brain.

The story of Forest Talk Radio: Old Growth, is geo-located along the White Bear Trail in Temagami ON Canada. In this second-person choose-your-own-adventure style walking piece, you encounter a lively radio host who, in an effort to help you avoid becoming “afflicted,” explores how digital technology finds its natural analogue in the communication strategies that trees have developed over eons with fungi and social insects.

Though this Sound Walk is inspired by the profound wilderness and emotional topography of Temagami Ontario, it is not exclusively site-specific and thus can be experienced remotely as you stroll along your favourite forest trail.

Online version of the walk is found at

David Merleau

David Merleau

Online Jury 2023 Online Jury 2024 SWS Award winner SWS23 shortlisted

I am a radio producer and folklore storyteller with a penchant for biology. My works construct collaborations between two creative forces: Technology and Nature. In my locative sound walks I aim to create a positive feedback loop where the site-specific ...

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