The Secret Sound of Trees



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Walking piece details

Language English
Duration 25 minutes
Cost free

A slow walk, with additional music by Lau Nau & narration, guiding you through some of the internal sounds of the Forest of Dean (UK) such as sap, bark, xylem cells, tree & plant roots, moss & mycorrhizal networks.

Using highly sensitive microphones of his own design & innovative techniques, sound artist Jez riley French guides us through the fascinating, immense microscopic soundscape of plants and soil horizons. The process asks us to reconsider our ideas of such environments, and indeed our human concepts of nature itself.


Jez riley French - field recording, composition, sound design, text, narration
Lau Nau - additional music

Commissioned and produced by Sound UK. Funded by Arts Council England, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and PRS Foundation. In partnership with Forestry England

Thanks to Pheobe riley Law & Maureen French
Hosted by: Sound UK

Jez Riley French

Jez Riley French

my work involves a focus on located listening and recording, including the development and use of extended techniques, photographic scores and encouraging discussion around the borders of sound and sound culture. As an installation artist and music / sound...

Near Beechenhurst - Forestry England, Speech House Road, Coleford, UK

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