In preparation for the creation of A Room That Sings, an exhibition will be held in Dalby Forest Courtyard from 29th June – 4th September. The exhibition will allow members of the public to see visual representations of the sound, get a preview of the working designs for the finished building, and listen to this work in progress. The piece itself will be open to the public from Spring 2023, with location information to follow.
Dalby Forest is home to many points of interest and many different forestry practices. To enhance interpretation and enjoyment by the public of the nation’s forests, Forestry England is working with Nayan Kulkarni, an acclaimed multi-media artist with extensive experience in creating high quality art installations, to create A Room That Sings. This art installation creates a different way of experiencing the forest, relating to it through amplification and interpretation of its sounds.
This quiet room is made for listening. The aim of the piece is to immerse the visitor in a challenging, radical, seducing and ever-changing harmony; the sound life of our forest. It will combine field recordings, original musical scores developed from this material, and advanced dynamic spatial sound composition.
From the drama of a winter storm and the call of the Red Deer, the sounds from the beaver project in Cropton Forest and the subdued hum of a stream in summer, A Room That Sings will be immersive, with each sound moment taken from close listening to the landscape and sonic movements from places in the forest that we would not ordinarily listen to. A Room That Sings also rewards repeated visits. As a digital musical instrument, the sonic chamber will be engineered to resonate both sonically and physically, and the visitor will be able to touch the sound. This is an artwork that invites contemplation.
Throughout the design process, Nayan has gradually refined the design for this modest building constructed from English Larch. As we approach the construction phase, engineers Anca Butnaru and Gez Pegram from Mason Clarke Associates have been rationalising the design, helping us to realise a structure that has as light an environmental footprint as possible.
Nayan has developed this project with Jez Riley-French, Simon Knighton and Ruth Montgomery.