How does it Work?
Sound is mapped to a location using independent audio speakers. The number of speakers varies, typically between 24 and 72 speakers. Usually this happens through a site visit or visits. If the work is being created specially for a location then I will spend extended time getting to know the location, it’s geography, history, practicalities and so on. The speakers are physically cabled, for long term installations they are often buried but for shorter term they are usually run discreetly out of sight with matting used to cover any necessary paths (normally in a maximum of two places).
What does it cost?
Costs vary dependent on whether the work is created specifically for the site – it’s always preferable to create something specially for a location but installing an existing work is less expensive. Other factors include the numbers of audio speakers being used and adaptation of the site, for example, whether mains power will need to be brought in.
Once installed, how is it managed?
The iForest is fully programmable and does not require staffing. The longest run to date is 3 years (at the Wild Center). It can (usually) be triggered remotely and it can be programmed to run on a loop for a full day, to play just once or to play intermittently (basically it can run in the way you run a playlist in iTunes).
How About Weather?
I have used a wide range of audio speakers. These do not need to be expensive. The speakers used in the Adirondacks were Yamaha all-weather speakers, they continue to be in use 4 years later, having been through storms and winter temperatures of -40.
However the Central Operating Hub contains sensitive electronics that do need protection from weather. Depending on the size of installation this is usually the size of a cupboard or small shed.