Timber Festival has commissioned cutting edge musicians Erland Cooper, Hinako Omori and Jason Singh to create new music in response to crowdsourced sounds from forests and woodlands across the world.
“As it became clear that Timber Festival 2020 could not happen due to coronavirus restrictions, we knew we would need to find a different way of helping people to connect to and be inspired by nature. We are living in a world filled with uncertainty and we believe the natural world offers much reassurance and constancy.” – Rowan Cannon and Sarah Bird, directors of Wild Rumpus
Supported by the PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund for Organisations, the artists will perform live at next year’s Timber Festival in the National Forest, celebrating the human relationship with trees and forests.
Back in May, Timber Festival asked its global community to submit one-minute sound recordings of woodlands near where they live to contribute to the first global forest soundmap. ‘Sounds of the Forest’ was created to encourage others across the globe to share in the harmonies of the natural world, a perfect reflection of Timber itself, which connects festival-goers to the physical National Forest in the Midlands each summer.
Over 550 people from more than 50 countries have now contributed short audio postcards. The map is being updated regularly as more people record their local woodlands. So far it has sounds from every continent except Antarctica. The innovative ways that people have been using the recordings have encouraged Timber Festival to keep submissions open. Anyone can participate by taking a one-minute recording of their own local woodland.
“Sounds of the Forest has encouraged people to go to their local woodlands and forests and take time to stop, listen and record the harmonies of nature then upload these online. Hopefully it has shown the unifying power of nature, it has transported thousands of us to forests around the world. In a time where we are physically isolated the project has provided hope and connection.” – Rowan Cannon and Sarah Bird, directors of Wild Rumpus
The soundmap will now become a muse, as Timber Festival invites Erland Cooper, Hinako Omori and Jason Singh to create their artistic and musical response to the project and bring it to life at next year’s event.
Timber Festival is an immersive and revitalising weekend festival in the National Forest celebrating our relationship with trees and woods through carefully curated musical performances, installations, debates and workshops Timber will next take place from 2nd – 4th July 2021.