Sounds of the Forest: creating the world’s first forest soundmap

    The Timber Festival launches the initiative "Sounds of the Forest" and calls for collaboration in the creation of the first sound map of the world's forests to be released in July 2020.

    Photo: Timber Festival

    Following the postponement of “Timber 2020: The International Forest Festival”, the festival organisers are inviting people from across the globe to contribute to a different kind of gathering with the launch of Sounds of the Forest, an exciting new mass participation audio project.

    The annual three-day festival at the heart of the National Forest in Feanedock, United Kingdom, Timber Festival celebrates the connection to trees and woodlands through music, art and ideas. This year it has had to be postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

    Thanks to the support of Arts Council England, Timber Festival can continue to connect people with trees this year by collecting the sounds of woodlands and forests from all around the world to create a beautiful soundmap bringing together aural tones and textures from the world’s woodlands. They are inviting people to visit their local forest or woodland and record one minute of the sounds they hear.

    Full details of how to send in sounds, including technical advice for how to get the best quality recording from a phone, are at their official website.

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    VIAOlivia Kehoe
    SOURCEWild Rumpus
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    EFIMED is the Mediterranean Facility of the European Forest Institute. Based in Barcelona, Spain, it was launched in 2007.