#TinyRevolutions – Sounds of the Forest

Tale part in a worldwide Tiny Revolution from our friends, Fun Palaces Makers Wild Rumpus.

Timber is an annual three-day festival at the heart of the National Forest, celebrating the connection to trees and woodlands through music, art and ideas. This year it has had to be postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Sounds of the Forest is an exciting new mass participation audio project to create the first ever forest soundmap of the world. Recording a sound can share your woodland with the world, giving us an escape into nature and bringing us all closer together.

Here’s a sample to give you an idea:

How to take part:

Note: If you are out and about, please continue to observe social distancing. We want you all to remain safe.

Step 1: Head into your local forest or greenspace, take out your phone and make a minute-long recording using a voice recorder app. We recommend your native recording app (such as Voice Recorder for Samsung, Voice Memo for other Android devices) or download Voice Record Pro from your app store for free.

Step 2: Take a picture of the forest scene in front of you. Trees, not people, in the picture please.

Step 3: Fill in the form at www.timberfestival.org.uk/soundsoftheforest, tell us the location, upload your picture and attach your audio file. We’ll review the audio clip and upload to our growing soundmap.

At the start of July, on the weekend that Timber would have taken place, the forest soundmap will be released. You can continue to add your recordings after the weekend as well.

The sounds will form an open source library, to be used by anyone to listen to and create from. Selected artists will be responding to the sounds that are gathered, creating music, audio or artwork, to be presented at Timber 2021.