Sylvan Sounds

Searching for Sylvan Sounds

Field recordings of trees and forests in the UK as part of my PhD research entitled:

Sylvan Sounds: Exploring the Acoustic Forest through Visual Fine Art Practice 

The Forest Listening Blog is also dedicated to this project.


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The common terminologies used by soundscape ecologists to describe different types of sound are (broadly speaking) animal sounds, human sounds and elemental earth sounds. Liz K. Miller presents her key findings from her thesis to show how these categories fail to capture the soundscape of trees, asking where the sounds made by trees fit into this lexicon and study of sound. Trees are an essential part of the ecosystem but, as yet, have no place in our classification system.

Liz presents beautiful soundscapes and field recordings from Blackheath Forest in the Surrey hills and Clocaenog Forest in North Wales, leaving us with the rustling of leaves and creaking of bark alongside birdsong and soaring aeroplanes overhead.

Presenting a new category for these familiar yet often overlooked sounds, Liz asks what can we learn from listening to trees.