From Monday 26th September – Saturday 8th October, The Arts University Bournemouth will be taken over by a flock of frogs, or crickets crawling through open space or a swarm of fireflies passing overhead, as part of Sonic Forest, a sound and light installation by Christopher Janney.

Sonic Forest was designed by Janney, an American composer, artist and architect, as part of his effort to revitalise open spaces within the urban environment. The forest comprises of 16 eight-foot-tall aluminium ‘trees’ containing audio speakers, lights and photo-electric sensors. As people pass between the ‘trees’, they trigger melodic and environmental sounds, creating a Sonic Forest.

Depending on the time of the day, participants may also trigger pre-programmed sound patterns including the flock of frogs, crickets and swarm of fireflies as mentioned. Janney is renowned for his work on the interrelation of architecture and music. Much of his work has sought to create ‘permanent participatory soundworks for public spaces,’ including installations for airports in Dallas, Boston, Miami and Sacramento and the New York City Subway. Janney has toured his Sonic Forest in both the US and Europe at major music festivals including Bonnaroo and Coachella as well as Glastonbury and Hype Park Calling in England. To find out more about Janney visit

Sonic Forest was first installed by students from the BA (Hons) Architecture course at the Arts University Bournemouth as part of Night Light, an event organised as part of Bournemouth’s Art by the Sea Festival over the 23rd – 24th September. It is now located outside the front of University House at The Arts University Bournemouth.

On Friday 7th October the Arts University is hosting a lecture on Sonic Forest in University House at 12pm. To register your interest, please email Architecture Course Leader Simon Beeson Sonic Forest is a free participatory event.

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