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    We developed the PLEIN AIR project through a series of iterations with collaborators. We have now refined the form, systems, and audio to the point that it has become a simple sound instrument that sits between ourselves and one leaf on one tree. Empathy is the concept that drove the design of this experience, supporting our intention to initiate an ethical consideration of trees, using sound to focus attention and the imagination.

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Alder 05:32
Oak 08:04
Elderberry 03:36
Birch 08:48
Pear 24:42


Plein Air the album presents recordings from a plant-driven synthesizer. A custom built instrument that uses scientific sensors and software programming to generate real-time tree leaf data. Light, photosynthesis and transpiration modifies sound: the rhythm, melody, texture, tempo and harmony shift with atmospheric conditions and tree response – electronically.

The sounds of each leaf of regional deciduous trees by scientifically sensored data-sonification are much more musical than one could imagine. Their timbre and volume always depend on light and temperature, number of audience. It varies from site to site and from country to country. We can hear loops of rhythmic sequences, groups of tiny computer generated signals, long drones which change constantly and are hard to describe.


released June 13, 2020

The Final Project Team, our Biographies

Collins & Goto Studio: Tim Collins and Reiko Goto have developed long-term, socially engaged environmental research (SEER) that examines the cultural meaning of semi-natural ancient forest: Future Forest (2013-present); Sylva Caledonia (2015); Caledonian Decoy (2017); PLEIN AIR: The Ethical Aesthetic Impulse (2010); CO2 Edinburgh (2013); Sound of a Tree: Cologne (2016); PLEIN AIR | Live at Glasgow Botanics (2017); Nine Mile Run (1997-2000); and 3 Rivers 2nd Nature (2000-2005). Outputs include artworks, exhibitions, seminars, workshops, and publications that embrace an arts-led dialogue method of research-and theory-informed public practice. They have worked with other artists, musicians, planners, communities, scientists, and technologists as well as historians and philosophers to realize work for over thirty years.

Sound Programmer: Chris Malcolm is a Scottish computer programmer and software developer with over twenty years of experience writing computer code with vector graphics, sound and interactive systems for industry clients. He also has an extensive background in experimental music developing innovative tools and instruments for studio and live performance. Malcolm is recognized within the electronic music scene for his use of retro-computers and consoles to generate unexpected interactive audio and visual experiences. The work with Collins & Goto Studio is driven by a curiosity about human relationships to technology as a tool and as an interface to bio-events. The PLEIN AIR system and software opens up new programming challenges and levels of expression not available with traditional electronic instruments and methods.

Producer: Georg Dietzler is a Cologne-based artist, author, curator, and consultant. He is recognized as an active producer of cross-disciplinary cultural projects, exhibitions, seminars and conferences, audio-visual concerts, media, dance, improv-theatre, and more. As a socio-political and conceptual artist with an international reputation, he works on ecological future visions linked to social and political change. His latest art work is a concept for an inner-city citizens’ heirloom orchard, introduced at ‘Ecovention Europe’ at De Domijnen, in Sittard Netherlands in 2017.

Artist: Reiko Goto Collins was born in Japan and has lived in both the US and UK. She is a principal in the Collins & Goto Studio. She has been a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. She participates in an international climate change network, Council on the Uncertain Human Future, and is currently involved in the working group ‘Living Organisms and Their Choices’ at the University of Edinburgh. She is a distinguished research fellow at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Artist: Tim Collins is from the US, an artist, author, and planner; a principal in the Collins & Goto Studio; and an honorary research fellow in the School of Social Science at the University of Aberdeen. He works across science, technology, and philosophy to develop projects related to nature, culture, and to changing ideas about ethical duty and public space. In 2017, he was on the development committee for the ‘Art and Artists in Landscape Environment Research Today’ seminar at the National Gallery in London. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Landscape Research Group and Glasgow Sculpture Studios.


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Artist: Reiko Goto Collins initiated the work and its empathy based principals. Artist: Tim Collins supported the science and technology aspects. Sound Programmer: Chris Malcolm developed the dynamic voice for the data sets. Producer: Georg Dietzler initiated the plan to record the work during a residency in Cologne. Dave Russ of Campsie Creative managed the electronic systems. ... more

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