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Welcome to the iForest, the creation of composer, Pete M. Wyer. It is a highly versatile and evocative sound installation that has been installed both indoors and outdoors, temporarily and permanently.

“This forest will sing to you” Smithsonian.com

Pete M Wyer and 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 has created scores for the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Juilliard and Royal Opera House as well as seven operas and music theatre works. He has performed with the Orchestra of the Swan, Asphalt Orchestra, Ralph Samuelson and pianist Matthew Shipp. 

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

 

About

The iForest began in 2005 as part of a research project under the title ‘The iPod Forest’. Since then, Pete M Wyer’s research and development  in immersive sound has led to the creation not only a raft of new works but to new ways of scoring, creating and experiencing music.

The iForest is Pete’s large scale immersive sound installation. 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).

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 of experiencing the music.

An early handwritten score for the iForest.

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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