S C O T T E R I C P E T E R S E N

Composer, electronic musician, improviser

Installation

Modern Forest

PVC pipes, wood, green and brown spray paint, speakers, audio cables, metal screws and brackets, computer with exposed parts, stereo amplifiers, linux

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Stereo sound example

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Artist Statement

Modern Forest was created on a whim. It grew from an initial idea to sim-
ply fill an indoor space with the sound of a forest. Trees have always been very special to me, deeply and inexplicably so. The initial conception for the piece grew to include ideas of environmental responsibility as I pondered the materials that would give body to my idea. I quickly abandoned all notions of realistic representation and chose a minimalist, almost abstract representation for the trees. For the sound, a simple combination of
granular synthesis techniques, filters and pink noise were used. With the
sound, as with the physical sculpture, realism was not a motivating factor.
The work is a response to the beauty and complexity of nature as it shows
the shortcomings of any attempt to synthesize or recreate nature while
striving to become something altogether different.

The materials that were used in the construction of the sculpture are all unavoidably detrimental to our planet. The same materials are used every day by thousands of people throughout the world for various purposes.

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