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Cannock Chase alive to the sound of music as nature intended

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: July 14, 2014

OUTSOOR MUSIC . . . Music inspired by nature, like this watercourse, will be installed on Cannock Chase, with speakers hidden in trees.

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THE sounds of the forest will be recreated in musical form as the Living Symphonies arrives at Cannock Chase.

Visitors to the forest will be able to listen to music created with the help of ecologists between July 26 and August 1.

Composers James Bulley and Daniel Jones have been working with Forestry Commission ecologists to map the true extent of woodland, wildlife and plant life.

They have created a musical motif for each organism living in the forest, while speakers hidden in the trees and digital technology will generate a full symphony of music. The motifs follow animals’ movement patterns

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The idea is to bring new listening experiences to people living close to England’s forests and to show how complex the eco system of a forest is.

The project is co-produced in partnership between Sound and Music, the national agency for new music, and Forestry Commission England, with funding from the Arts Council.

It is part of a tour around four forests in the country and will be open 10am-5pm each day.

Meanwhile, organisers from the Forestry Commission are looking for volunteers to help support the Living Symphonies event. They will be asked to help visitors find their way along the nature trail and answer any questions. Anyone who can spare a few hours, whether they can help one day or every day are asked to email Emma Beaman, assistant AONB officer at cannockchase@staffordshire.gov.uk or project manager Bella Scarr at bella.scarr@gmail.com 

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