Imagine being able to watch and listen to the process of photosynthesis. After the massive earthquake that shook Japan in 2011, Ryuichi Sakamoto wanted to draw attention to the importance of our trees and forests, so he conceived a way for humans to do just that. The result of his work is an art installation, created alongside YCAM Interlab, called Forest Symphony, which Sakamoto created by placing specially-developed sensors on trees around the globe that now transmit the changing sounds of forests to a room in Japan.
The Great Tohoku quake reminded everyone that though humans sometimes feel like they live in a bubble, our lives are inextricably intertwined with nature. In order to draw attention to this fact, Sakamoto wanted to make people focus one some of the most subtle parts of nature, like photosynthesis. YCAM helped develop a sensor which Sakamoto placed on trees all around the world. This device feeds back biometric data, which can then be translated by a computer into sound.
The sound, which can change along with local weather and wider climate change, is constantly evolving and allows the listener to really conceptualize something that could only be imagined before. While the original installation consists of a series of speakers integrated into a “forest-like” environment, you can experience it over the internet through the Forest Symphony website.
images from YCAM