The iForest team
Pete M Wyer
COMPOSER AND CREATOR
Pete M. Wyer is an award winning composer who has created scores for the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Juilliard, WNYC, BBC TV and many others.
He is the recipient of nine international fellowships and composer of eight operas. He has created several innovative systems for music creation such as ‘Time Structured Mapping’ which enables musicians and performance artists from disparate disciplines to create and perform work together (used by Welsh Natioinal Opera and for the one hour award winning ‘Insomnia Poems’ commissioned by BBC Radio 3’s ‘Jazz on 3’).
His work in immersive sound began with the 2004 project ‘Simultaneity’ which recorded numerous locations around the world simultaneously, playing them back to create a ‘God’s ear perspective’ of the world. Leading to the 2005 iPod Forest and subsequently, the iForest.
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT/LIGHTING DESIGN
James is a transdisciplinary designer working across the fields of architecture, performance and design. In 2017, James established an architectural lighting practice that would commit the insights and experience gleaned from on-your-feet live performance to the rapidly growing and shifting field of architectural design. In 2018, James co-founded Studio C Projects, a performance-based, collaborative research studio in Durham, NC that investigates the intersections of movement, design, and architecture that inform our shared experience.
James has a MFA Double Major in Transdisciplinary Design and Lighting Design from Parsons School of Design in NYC. His graduate thesis, Engaging Public Light, investigated participatory, community-engaged activities that provoke dialogue about and within public space to better execute socially conscious design strategies. This work was awarded the Thesis Prize by the Illumination Engineering Society New York City chapter for its commitment to socially engaged design research. He maintains academic pursuits teaching design at the graduate level and leading workshops that focus on movement, design and creative team management for institutions such as Parsons School of Design, Duke University and the Wharton School of Business.
Jim Unwin works internationally as a producer, engineer and editor. Specialising in the classical genre he has worked with some of the world’s leading artists, composers and organisations. These include: Elin Manahan Thomas, Brodsky Quartet, Septura, Tasmin Little, Michael Collins, Huw Morgan (Principal Trumpet, Sinfonieorchester Basel), Matthew Gee (Principal Trombone, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), David Childs, Welsh National Opera, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Robert Keeley, John Rutter and The Aquinas Trio. Other recent production highlights include a 72 speaker sound installation at Descanso Gardens (Los Angeles, US) with the composer Peter Wyer and collaborating with the Welsh actor Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones) on his solo album ‘Dinard’.
He has a BMus from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff (specialising in Clarinet performance), and an MA from the world-renowned course in Audio Production at the University of Westminster in London.
Becky is passionate about nature and has a love of traditional music and art. She has a degree in Human Ecology, studied conservation, and went on to become a qualified teacher. She has travelled extensively, teaching for six years in Singapore. Using the opportunity to visit many parts of SE Asia on a quest to find meaning and peace. Of iForest she says: “The first time I listened to iForest, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up! I love it’s fundamental aim of helping people reconnect with nature and remember we are all part of it. I’m a also published artist working mainly in ink, most recently in ‘Mapping the Mind – The Art of Skyrunning’ by John Proctor.
Becky is from Leeds but now lives in Bristol, UK, with her husband and dog where she works from home and practices daily meditation of Falun Dafa, which she says keep her grounded.