A beautiful day dawned for the final day of the TreeSong sound installation on the Downs with bright sunshine and more wind creating a host of hypnotic sounds.
— Anthony Ward (@Anth0ny_Ward) October 4, 2015
— Tim Allsop (@timallsop) October 4, 2015
— William Goodchild (@WGoodchildMusic) October 4, 2015
Only in Bristol would you go to a gig where a tree has been turned into a giant instrument which is played by the wind.
— Alex Dalton (@AlexKDalton) October 4, 2015
The composer William Goodchild has published a blog post about the project, which can be found here
From today’s visitors’ comments:
Brilliant concept – cuts through the hurly-burly of busy lives. Turn the nature up more!
Wonderful – what an imaginative inspired idea – great way to re-see, re-hear, re-experience nature.
Really relaxing to listen to 🙂
Inspired me to feel my inner peace 🙂
An amazing effort to bring the tree to life. Well done everyone is intrigued by the wonderful sounds.
Eerie sounds – wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t seen it. Fascinating.
What a great way of making people think more deeply about the hidden sounds of music. Can’t wait to hear Will Goodchild’s new composition.
How thought provoking! Just what an art installation should be.
Love trees and however relaxing and weird this project is I am trying to justify in my mind if it is £37,000 of grant money well spent. How many trees would this have planted if used differently?
I found it touching. Thanks.
A beautiful idea!
Should definitely in some form be a permanent installation
Haunting, ethereal, spacey. I love treesong.
I like it, it’s very soothing and it makes me feel like I am an animal up in the tree.
I really like it, it makes a sound that sounds like when I’m on an aeroplane. Emily
Drove from Canterbury in Kent to see the singing tree. Actually came to see my sister but loved it 🙂
What no plastic whale? Awesome…
An immersive and interesting experience… sounded very eerie!
What a lovely experience – ta!
Awesome – thank you my beloved Bristol! xx
It was so fascinating to hear the music, as being in an orchestra I can imagine how good it will sound. An amazing idea xxx
I love this idea – the connection between life (tree) & sound is so appealing. Keep going!
Really innovative! I can’t wait to hear the music – the “Can I help?” lady was lovely too – great volunteer!
Can’t imagine how this was conceptualised. Well done, it’s rather lovely, eerie.
There was less wind moving the branches of the tree today so the sound had a different quality to the breezier days before – still just as hypnotic and beautiful though.
— William Goodchild (@WGoodchildMusic) October 3, 2015
— Bristol Plays Music (@BPMbristol) October 3, 2015
Comments from visitors:
A great use of nature to provide a very spiritual and enlightening experience… I’m very much taken back to Stonehenge!
This is stunningly beautiful.
Thanks, really amazing! x
Really cool and clever, love the music.
Beautiful, unique and very impressive!
A beautiful sound, but not sure about the artificial bird sound from the boxes?
Original and very interesting.
Hoping there will be (tapes!) audio recording of this for home use. A very relaxing experience.
It was an amazing experience!
Beautiful – magical 🙂
Brian Eno would be proud…
Amazing experience. The sounds are so varied and musical!
Shame it’s not on for longer!
A fun innovative idea. I cycled from Stoke Gifford to visit the tree.
Magical – a very calming experience. Great work.
Very clever (Annabel, 5 years)
Relaxing & atmospheric
Fascinating – reminiscent of Coil! Would love to buy a copy of the recording.
I agree, would love to purchase the footage! Such an amazing way of getting people to engage with nature, by incorporating creativity 🙂
How unique! Great to see and hear the experiment myself. Thanks
Very interesting – look forward to the composition.
Ground breaking stuff – how clever and interesting! Thank you for taking the time to explain it to us.
European Green Capital 2015 has and continues to be brilliant.
Enjoying a walk in the sun and came across this amazing sound installation, hoping it will be my baby due 4/10 to come out and see this amazing world. (Sam & bump)
Very inspirational. Love from Soph & Mat, Wales xxx
It’s not rock and roll but pretty damn good. Very innovative idea. B.R.<Boston, MA, USA
Compelling & crazy – I love it!
Completely surprising and mesmerising, Can’t wait for the resulting concert.
Could spend hours stood listening. Looking forward to the recordings!
This is truly an experience to take in! Thanks for being here for the perfect ending for my bike ride! Beautiful! (Kate Feller, Avon, NY USA)
A really amazing idea – love how nature and music create a unique composition. (Sarah, Windsor)
Hundreds of visitors came to the tree today and their comments to our volunteers were overwhelmingly enthusiastic: “phenomenal”, “amazing”, “an amazing, unexpected blessing”. Comments from the visitors book are typed out below.
Kathy Hinde shared this short video of the project on Twitter
TreeSong received a huge amount of coverage in the national press, much of which focuses on the funding given to Bristol Ensemble for the entire project, and the lack of nuts from the tree. The nutlessness presents no problems as this has been known about for some time and the project has been designed around other features of the tree and its environment – including movement of its branches, the wind, falling leaves, to give visitors a truly immersive experience. When the wind picks up you can not only feel it but see and hear it through the sound produced from the tree. Truly unique, and as our visitors told us, ethereal, creative, thought-provoking, relaxing, inspired.
BBC Radio Five Live’s Peter Allen described the project as “Well worth a listen” following his interview with Roger Huckle, artist Jony Easterby and Bristol 2015’s Andrew Garrard on 5 Live Daily today. The interview begins at 1 hour, 39 minutes and 19 seconds here
— Roger Huckle (@Roger51446408) October 4, 2015
The funding is spent on the entire project which includes the build of the structure, the four day period open to the public, and then the creation of a 15-minute classical work and its performance. Added to that are numerous costs associated with the project and its 9-month planning stages: the solar power unit which provides power for the sound system and other needs on site; security to protect the site overnight; a small cabin for the security guard and to store materials during the build and public opening period; marketing, design and website costs; print and distribution of flyers, printing on-site signage and other publicity; the materials for the installation itself; small press advertisements in the Bristol Magazine and Bristol Life magazine; project management costs; insurance; composition of the classical work; a contribution to the costs of the concert which is also being covered by orchestra funds and ticket sales.
Visitors’ comments written in the book:
What a wonderful idea.
What a great idea – very relaxing
A fascinating experience
Humbling, soothing. Bringing tree to life.
How clever! What a fab idea. Soothing and comforting.
We are so lucky in Bristol to have such creative things happening. A real delight.
Eerie, enchanting and amazing.
Very ethereal! National news – wrong again. Great idea, and an exciting project. Look forward to the concert.
Inspired! Truly wonderful – haven’t experienced anything like this since we had a ‘sound bath’ at the ‘Integratron’ in California – look forward to the concert!
Great experience! Hope it encourages knowledge of trees.
Brilliant idea. Who thought of all this working together. Different from every side too. It also attracts ladybirds – 100s. Scientific help for ladybirds.
Another first for Bristol. Marvellous.
Ladybugs like the music.
Absolutely beautiful experience at one with nature. Excellent idea. Would enjoy the ed if possible.
Really lovely afternoon here, loved the tree and natural music. Very relaxing. Would love the CD.
THIS IS EXACTLY HOW PUBLIC MONEY SHOULD BE SPENT.
Incredible! What an imaginative idea! Cannot wait to see how this turns out 🙂
I thought I would never see a bona fide singing tree
Great project! Eerie and ethereal sounds like that of an ambient sci fi movie. Really interesting take on the wind harp. I’ll come back when it’s more windy.
Wonderful – it it’s best sense.
Just amazing. Fantastic and beautiful. Ethereal and haunting. Just so good. Well done.
Amazing music. Spooky eerie sounds. Really interesting and thought provoking.
Amazing – well done!
Well tree I hope you’re feeling honoured and special. I love your songs – thank you! x
The music of the trees – reminds me of the music of the spheres. Glorious project – feels like touching eternity.
It is amazing and really clever how you are able to put them in the right place (visitor, age 8)
It is so in
Incredible – well done.
I think it’s clever.
It is very peaceful and clever.
It’s very peaceful and beautiful. Lovely idea.
Ignore the Torygraph.
Bright Autumn sunshine bathed our tree in light and warmth today for the first day that it was open to the public. The eerie and intriguing sounds drew many visitors. We also attracted some media attention, mainly around the tree’s lack of beech nuts this year.
Nut-free crop forces rethink of TreeSong installation http://t.co/g1jUldkuuF
— The Guardian (@guardian) October 1, 2015
— Bristol Post (@BristolPost) October 1, 2015
— Bristol Post (@BristolPost) October 1, 2015
— BBC Points West (@bbcpointswest) October 1, 2015
Some great pictures taken by award-winning photographer Giles W Bennett