Nemeton

Heartwood project

Still on the hunt for interesting sounds made by ash trees. Fallen tree found in Pamphill, a victim of the winter storms. While it is sad to see such a great tree come to grief, it provides a great opportunity to explore its inner sound world. Placing contact mics on the trunk while playing with different parts of the tree confirms what I had come to suspect – the wood really does conduct sound from throughout the trunk and branches. It almost acts as a kind of soundboard or resonating chamber. It also both conducts and filters external sounds. This tree has provided a great wealth of woody creaking and percussive sounds, so in a way it will live on in the piece.

Recording sounds within a fallen ash, Pamphill

Recording sounds within a fallen ash, Pamphill

Ash canopy, Garston wood

Ash canopy, Garston wood