TalkingTrees is a collaboration between artists, musicians and scientists with the goal to unify people and nature. The initiative comes from artist Bert Barten who is concerned about our unnatural way of living.

When the Polish government announced the destruction of the forest of Białowieża, the last primeval forest in Europe, Bert could not take it any more. He had to help create a broader knowledge and a deeper understanding about trees.

The result is an interactive audiovisual installation. It consists of four tree-sensors which are connected to a series of analogue audio synthesizers.

The sensors provide information about the sap flow speed, foto synthesis, volatile organic compounds and temperature.

This information determines the pitch and timbre of the synthesizers and also their spatial positioning. The sound subsequently controls a couple of graphic image generators which are video projected. 

The data of a maple tree which were collected between april and november 2016 have been compressed in time to a number of minutes and translated into musical values. These data are used as a basis for the eight pieces of the months of april to november.

By this method of working the ego of the composer moves to the background. Now the source of the musical composition lies with the tree itself. 

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“…if you go into a forest and get very quiet and then start with ‘Deep Listening’, you will come to understand that you are connected with everything…”

– Bert Barten


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TalkingTrees present their Live CD and LP at the unique location of Radio Kootwijk in the Netherlands on Sunday April 15.

From 19:00 you are welcome at Radio Kootwijk.

At 20:00 Treeo HOUT will perform their acoustic interpretation of a couple of pieces from Talking Trees. This trio consists of Marinda Kusters – flute, Helmke Jansen – oboe and Thomas Dulfer – bassoon.

From 20:00 – 21:00 Bert Barten will let the trees talk via synthesizers and visual accompaniment, together with Hans Meijer, Dennis Verschoor, Dennis Jacobs en Hans Aalbers.

Ticket order with the button below this page. A TalkingTrees Live CD is included with the entrance of €35. Only 350 tickets are available.

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