Trees from the Oosterpark/Amsterdam will be heard on Sunday evening, 24 November.
Artist Bert Barten literally gives the trees a voice by converting their sap flows, photosynthesis and heartbeat into music. It is the first time that a dance event has taken place on Dutch soil to the rhythm of trees. “Trees produce vibrations that we do not hear but that are there,” says Barten. “Making it accessible to our audience creates a new kind of consciousness in people. It is very moving when you hear that a tree really lives on the inside and reacts with different sounds to its growth process and environment. If you amplify that sound beautiful danceable rhythms emerge and my goal is to make people feel more connected to nature”
Heartbeat of Trees” takes place in the Generator Hostel-Amsterdam, the monumental old university building for health education, in the middle of the Oosterpark. The evening consists of two parts where multiple musical disciplines and styles are discussed.
PART 1 – For part one of the program we take place in the beautifully renovated lecture hall, here all your questions will be answered in a mini lecture; what is Talking Trees? How does it work? What kind of data does Bert measure? And how does one make music out of this!
Next, music tracks by Talking Trees will be played by leading Dutch musicians such as ‘De 3 Violas on Viool’ and ‘Xavier Boot & Friends’ on Piano. We will close this part of the program with a short break.
PART 2 – For the second part of the program we follow the thick cables entering the underground nightclub from the trees of the Oosterpark through the stately front door of the building. Through these cables data is flowing which Bert subsequently uses to mix his new CD Heartbeat of Trees with live data from the trees of the Oosterpark.
Where: Mauritskade 57, entrance Oosterpark side. Navigation link: Generator Hostel A’dam
When: Sunday, November 24
What time: 19:00 – 21:30 followed by a drink
Synthetic party drugs are not allowed during the dance event. Phytoncide is used in the form of a spray instead. This substance comes from trees and was discovered in Japan, where forest baths have been a phenomenon for years. Scientific research shows that phytoncide lowers the stress level and gives the immune system a natural and healthy boost.
Before everyone can go wild on the beats of trees, Bert Barten will explain how he monitors the inner voice of trees and converts them to music.