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.