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Sonic Forest Tour

“Sonic Forest” is a multi-sensory, interactive installation that is part of Christopher Janney’s “Urban Musical Instruments” series. The “Sonic Forest” is composed of 16, eight-foot tall by ten-inch diameter columns each containing audio speakers, lights and photo-electric sensors. Touching the electronic trees triggers a series of events- from an original score of melodic tones, environmental sounds, and spoken or whispered expressions to an ever-changing color palette of LED lights.

“Sonic Forest” has toured Lincoln Center in New York, Bonnaroo, Coachella and Mile High Music and Art Festivals in the US, the Glastonbury, Wireless, Download and Hyde Park Calling Festivals, the London Olympic Games in the UK. There are a number of permanent installations, including one in Zaragoza, Spain which was inaugurated as part of its 2007 World’s Fair.

Sonic Forest Tour Introduction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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SONIC FOREST: Glastonbury

 

Sonic Forest was designed by Christopher Janney as a part of his effort to revitalize open spaces within the urban environment. It is composed of 25 eight-foot-tall aluminum “trees” containing audio speakers, lights and photo-electric sensors. As people pass between the “trees”, they trigger melodic and environmental sounds, creating a “sonic forest.” Depending on the time of the day, participants may also trigger preprogrammed sound patterns—for instance, a flock of frogs and crickets crawling through the open space, or a swarm of fireflies passing overhead at night.

Sonic Forest was installed at the Lincoln Center Out- of-Doors Festival in New York City and the Three River Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 

Sponsors
Apple Computer Inc.
Bose Corporation
Chauvet Lighting
Harman International / JBL speakers
and Crown Amplifiers
Maxbotix, Inc.
Rockwell Automation


Sonic Forest, New York
2004 – 2006, Lincoln Center, Union Square Park
New York City, NY

Sonic Forest was designed as part of his effort to revitalize open spaces within the urban environment. It is composed of 16 four-foot-tall aluminum “trees” containing audio speaker, lights and photo-electric sensors. As people pass between the “trees”, they trigger melodic and environmental sounds, creating a “sonic forest”. Depending on the time of day, participants may also trigger preprogrammed sound patterns–for instance, a flock of birds or frogs and crickets crawling through the open space, or a swarm of fireflies passing overhead at night.

In New York City, Sonic Forest has been installed at Lincoln Center as part of the Out of Doors Music Festival and in Union Square Park, co-produced by Dancing in the Streets, Inc. as part of a citywide festival that Janney co-directed, titled “New Sound, New York.”

Project credits:
Associate Artist: Geoff Pingree, Michael Dwyer

Project sponsors:
Kurzweil Music, Inc. AB International, Apple Computer, Rockwell International/Allen Bradley Photo-Switch.


Sonic Forest: Bonnaroo

Sonic Forest was designed by Christopher Janney as a part of his effort to revitalize open spaces within the urban environment. It is composed of 25 eight-foot-tall aluminum “trees” containing audio speakers, lights and photo-electric sensors. As people pass between the “trees”, they trigger melodic and environmental sounds, creating a “sonic forest.” Depending on the time of the day, participants may also trigger preprogrammed sound patterns—for instance, a flock of frogs and crickets crawling through the open space, or a swarm of fireflies passing overhead at night.

Aziz Ansari loves Sonic Forest

 

 


Sonic Forest
USC – 2009

Sonic Forest was designed by Christopher Janney as a part of his effort to revitalize open spaces within the urban environment. It is composed of 25 eight-foot-tall aluminum “trees” containing audio speakers, lights and photo-electric sensors. As people pass between the “trees”, they trigger melodic and environmental sounds, creating a “sonic forest.” Depending on the time of the day, participants may also trigger preprogrammed sound patterns—for instance, a flock of frogs and crickets crawling through the open space, or a swarm of fireflies passing overhead at night.

Sonic Forest was installed at the Lincoln Center Out- of-Doors Festival in New York City and the Three River Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 

Project credits:
Associate Artist: Michael Dwyer

Project sponsors:
Kurzweil Music, Inc. AB International, Apple Computer, Rockwell International/Allen Bradley Photo-Switch.


Sonic Forest
NYC, Pittsburg, PA
1994

stpa1Sonic Forest was designed by Christopher Janney as a part of his effort to revitalize open spaces within the urban environment. It is composed of 25 eight-foot-tall aluminum “trees” containing audio speakers, lights and photo-electric sensors. As people pass between the “trees”, they trigger melodic and environmental sounds, creating a “sonic forest.” Depending on the time of the day, participants may also trigger preprogrammed sound patterns—for instance, a flock of frogs and crickets crawling through the open space, or a swarm of fireflies passing overhead at night.

Sonic Forest was installed at the Lincoln Center Out- of-Doors Festival in New York City and the Three River Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

stpa2Project credits:
Associate Artist: Geoff Pingree, Michael Dwyer

Project sponsors:
Kurzweil Music, Inc. AB International, Apple Computer, Rockwell International/Allen Bradley Photo-Switch.