Welcome to the immersive forest
by Peter M Wyer
“This forest will sing to you”
Using between 18 speakers (Song of the Human, Winter Garden, WNYC, 2016) and 72 speakers (The Sky Beneath Our Feet, Descanso Gardens, Los Angeles, 2020) every visitor’s experience is unique as they choose a path through the music.
ABOUT THE IMMERSIVE FOREST
What People Say
iForest trailer 2020
I am an artist. I have written music for the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Opera House, Juilliard and many more, gaining awards and fellowships along the way.
Nature has always played a big part in my work and the central philosophy of my iForest is to see ourselves as a part of the natural world. It’s a simple idea: human voices are a part of the natural environment, but when we encounter beautiful, ethereal singing voices that magically fill the woodland something profound happens; we experience ourselves as one species among others, a part of the natural world. Some are moved to tears, others have run, danced and skipped in response to iForest, many say they feel a deeper connection to nature.
Pete M. Wyer. 2021.
Julianne Rook, Descanso Gardens, Los Angeles
Emerging from our ‘hibernation’ into this exquisite natural setting, with a chorus of human voices singing to the heavens, it feels like a triumph of the human spirit set in the most glorious cathedral of nature. The installation takes on an entirely new meaning and significance we could never have foreseen when we were planning it with Pete all those months ago.
John P, Los Angeles
I just visited Pete Wyer’s installation at Descanso Gardens and was blown away! The use of sound in partner with nature was stunning, and the vast reach of music was awe-inspiring. I’m so curious to learn some of the technical aspects of the project, primarily the ability to mix and reproduce 72 separate tracks to be played simultaneously.
Melissa, New York
This iForest Installation by composer Pete M. Wyer is pure Spirit. To walk through Nature listening to this choir of Mohawk voices giving thanks for Nature is Awe-inspiring. I carry it with me every day. This work was part of Drums Along the Hudson, an open-air Pow Wow held at Inwood Park in Manhattan.
Lory Diaz, Toronotonicity
Every walk through iForest is personal and unique.
I was captured by the harmonious environment created between man and nature. The intricate layering of voices from The Crossing is accompanied perfectly by the activity of the birds, wind, and rustling leaves.
Jennifer, Los Angeles
We have so been enjoying your interactive concert at Descanso Gardens. It truly adds a whole new dimension to the experience of visiting the gardens. You may want to update your website as the gardens are open and the experience will continue through the summer.
As I left the iForest, I found myself reluctant to rejoin the civilized world. I had sunk so deeply into the natural world. I found myself noticing small details that I normally overlook in the landscape.