Finnish Forest Frequencies – sound installation

Kirsi Ihalainen's avatar Kirsi Ihalainen

The installation sounds have been recorded in Finnish forests. The sounds have been analysed, and according to this information, the dominating frequencies have been selected. These top most heard frequencies from the forests are selected for each channel. The frequencies are played back in the installation through sound actuators that are placed inside wood. The actuators make the wood resonate and vibrate: the sound will come from the wood itself, making it the speaker. Also Finnish animal sounds are heard occasionally in the space. In total, the sound installation has been designed with 8 audio channels and pieces of pine deadwood, which are hanged from the ceiling. The wood pieces are huggable as they vibrate and smell. A new level of experience can be found by pressing the ear against the wood and hearing how the sound travels inside the wood pieces. Together with the wood, the frequency sounds and animal sounds will recreate a space sounding like a Finnish forest.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 10-20 metres
  • Medium: Sound
  • Width: 5-10 metres
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: Highest piece 2m