An ongoing theme in Pete M. Wyer’s work is seeing ourselves as a part of nature, and seeing the nature of ourselves. In most iForests the notion of putting the human voice into a ‘natural’ environment helps us to encounter ourselves as a part of nature rather than a separate observer of it.
The 2016 work ‘Song of the Human’ uses the pitch, rhythm, tone and dynamic of speech as its basis but removes words. This reveals the common musical ;language that all people speak – we find this music contains love, fear, hope, play etc but doesn’t contain gender, politics, nationality – it shows that the nature of our ‘inwardness’ is common to all people.
An excerpt, performed by The Crossing, can be heard here: