Voices of the Rainforest in 7.1 Surround Sound


Thursday, March 2, 2017, 9:00pm to 10:30pm


Menschel Hall, Lower Level, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St.

Presented by: Harvard Art Museums and the Sensory Ethnography Lab
Admission: Free admission
Museum Hours: Open daily 10am–5pm
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On Earth Day in 1991, Mickey Hart’s World series on Rykodisc released Voices of the Rainforest, Steven Feld’s acousmatic composition of a day in the life of the Bosavi rainforest and Kaluli people in interior Papua New Guinea. The CD touched multiple audiences concerned with ecological integrity, interspecies art, and cultural survival. The work remains in circulation through Smithsonian Folkways.

From newly digitized high-resolution files of the archival tapes, Feld and Skywalker Sound editor Dennis Leonard have now recomposed Voices of the Rainforest in 7.1 cinema surround sound. Weaving together hundreds of recordings, the new Voices immerses listeners in the sensuous surround sounds of birds and insects along with human voices and instruments in the reverberant rainforest.

The museums’ Menschel Hall is equipped with the most advanced cinema surround sound system on campus, providing the ideal site for such a rich listening experience.

The event will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway.
Complimentary parking available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.

Support for this program is provided by the Richard L. Menschel Endowment Fund.