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2020 Returning to RBG Kew

From 15th May - September 2020 The Tree Listening Project will be at Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew with its largest and most complex installation to date.


For the past 13 years The Tree Listening Project has educated people around the world of the inner workings of trees, by allowing its audiences to listen to the water travelling up through the xylem tubes.

For the first time, exclusive to Kew Gardens, The Tree Listening Project will expand the installation to produce a musically immersive experience into the world of trees. Through a journey of 50 headphones hanging from the branches of the selected trees, listeners will explore the natural sounds of a tree’s environment through two distinct musical soundscapes. The first consisting solely of natural, pre-recorded sounds and the second an instrumental interpretation. Both compositions will develop over a series of 25 headphones. The natural sounds recorded from the trees will be layered and mixed to mimic the rhythmical nuances and complexities of nature. The second, an original composition for piano quintet, will feature an instrumental interpretation layered over the natural soundscape and will capture and evoke musical interpretations of the natural sounds.

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