Sakamoto's Project Collects Tree Data & Converts It into Music

By: Tiffany - Jan 22, 2014
References: vimeo & psfk
Inspired by the 3.11 Great Tohoku Earthquake in 2011 that took place just off the Pacific coast of Tohoku, Japanese composer and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto has created an installation called the Forest Symphony that uses the bioelectric data of trees to create a symphony. Inspired by the artist's desire of gathering more attention to forests and trees, Sakamoto believes that these are the "supporting pillars of human living environments."

The installation was created in conjunction with the YCAM InterLab team that created a device that is able to sense and measure the biopotential or photosynthesis process of trees and transferring them into measured data. The device was fitted onto tress from all over the world. The result is an incredibly artistic rendition, from data to music that Sakamoto analyzed.