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The iForest

The iForest is an acclaimed site-specific immersive sound experience combining music with nature by leading British composer Pete M Wyer. It  has been visited by more than 100,000 people at the Wild Center in upstate New York, has been described as “an extraordinary sonic experience” (John Schaefer, WNYC) and as “unforgettable, and deeply spiritual”.

Pete M Wyer

PETE M. WYER is a composer and musician from England whose works often involve storytelling and innovation, especially in the area of immersive sound. He has created scores for the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Juilliard, the orchestra of Welsh National Opera, The Crossing, BBC Television and the Royal Opera House as well as creating seven operas and music theatre works.

For more on Pete’s work please visit www.pmwmusic.com

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See the trailer for iForest in Manhattan during June 3rd, 2018:

 

About

The iForest (or Immersive Forest) is Pete M Wyer’s large scale immersive sound installation. It began in 2005 as part of a research project at Portsmouth University under the title ‘The iPod Forest’. Since then, Pete M Wyer’s research and development  in immersive sound has led to the creation a raft of new works that include new ways of scoring, creating and experiencing music, as can be seen in this early score below:

An early handwritten score for the iForest.

As well as conventional items such as pitch, rhythm, tone and dynamic, scores use spatiality as a component, mapping the trajectory of sounds that move through space. This makes for a unique way of writing and experiencing music.

Fundamental to each iForest is a response to environment. Every space has its own acoustic ecology as well as its ecosystems and countless hidden stories. Great emphasis is placed on creating compositions that ‘participate’ with the environment. Many iForests feature the human voice, this is because humans are a part of the natural world and iForests aim to create a deeper connection for visitors, a reminder that we are not simply external observers, we are part of an intricate and complex web of interactions.

In 2017 a permanent iForest opened at The Wild Center, New York, it features 24 independent audio speakers distributed across woodland, featuring a 72 voice choir, The Crossing, singing primarily in the indigenous Mohawk language. Other iForests have been created for the Winter Garden, Manhattan (2016) and Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan (2018). More iForest installations are planned around the world in 2020 and 2021.

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How the iForest began

I have spent a great deal of my life trying to reconstruct a moment from adolescence. I was around 16 or 17 and had stayed up all night with friends. We’d climbed the steep green slopes of Cleeve Hill before dawn to see the rolling panorama of Gloucestershire spread before us at sunrise then returned hungry in the …

What’s the Point of Art? (And: Shouldn’t We Rebrand the Species?)

What’s the Point of Art? (And: Shouldn’t We Rebrand the Species?) “For peace to reign on Earth, humans must evolve into new beings who have learned to see the whole first.”  ― Immanuel Kant When you go to bed at night you go there to be transported to a strange, unknown land where you speak …

Why I Love Cultural Appropriation and Why You Should Too

The title of this piece is not accidentally provocative, cultural appropriation is a hornet’s nest in the world of art, the title is like saying “come, sting me!”. I’m moved to write about it from my own experiences, particularly from the recent piece for my iForest “I Walk Towards Myself” which features a work for …

Contact

You can email Pete at: pete@iforest.org

Chief engineer, Jim Unwin at jim@iforest.org

Pete M. Wyer is represented by Summit Entertainment. Please contact jeff@summitentertainmentgroup.com