Listen to the RainForest at Kew Gardens

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If you happen to be going to London’s Kew Gardens, make sure you don’t miss this nice sound installation by Chris Watson. The installation is on till September 5th and it’s called Whispering in the Leaves:

Whispering in the Leaves features two sound pieces – Dawn and Dusk – composed by Chris from memory using his extensive archive of on-location recordings in Central and South American rainforests.

Designed specifically for the Palm House, Whispering in the Leaves is the audio equivalent of 3D cinema. Visitors will be immersed in a dynamic, spatial soundscape of primate calls and birdsong, backed with a shimmering wall of insect sounds. Some of the species heard are currently unknown to humans. Visitors will experience the heard but never seen.

Diffused through 80 speakers, the two compositions will be transmitted at hourly intervals throughout the day – Dawn in the morning and Dusk in the afternoon. Each lasts for 15-20 minute durations – the approximate time it takes for the transitions between darkness and daylight in the dense tropical vegetation.

The website makes available some of the nature recordings too.


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