10, 19, 28 AUGUST 2010


Whispering in the Leaves – the audio equivalent of 3D cinema

Sound and Music and Forma are pleased to present a series of talks in August which are part of the Whispering in the Leaves project, an installation created from musician and sound recordist Chris Watson‘s vast archive of sounds from the Central and South American rainforest.

Whispering in the Leaves immerses visitors to Kew Gardens’ Palm House in the amazing dawn and dusk choruses of wildlife such as the Black Howler Monkey or Red Rumped Cacique.

Chris Watson is best known for his sound recording work on BBC wildlife documentaries such as The Life of Mammals and The Life of Birds. He was co-founder of influential Sheffield-based electronic music group Cabaret Voltaire (1971), and the experimental music group the Hafler Trio (1981). Watson has released music projects on Touch, including Weather Report, voted one of the thousand albums to hear before you die by The Guardian.

Calls of the Wild: Sir David Attenborough and Chris Watson in conversation
Tuesday 10 August, 7.30pm
The Royal Institution, Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS

Chris Watson is joined by Sir David Attenborough to discuss their shared experiences of filming and recording in the rainforest. The talk will be introduced by Richard Ranft, Head of The British Library Sound Archive.


Projecting the Future: Visions from Art and Science
Thursday 19 August, 6.30pm
BFI Southbank – NFT 3, Belvedere Road, Southbank, London SE1 8XT

Reflecting on specially curated footage from the Prelinger Archives, artist and musician Jem Finer and futurologist Ian Pearson are joined by scientists and campaigners to examine potential relationships between technology, science fiction and the environment.

Acoustic Landscapes: A talk by Chris Watson
Saturday 28 August, 2.30pm
Jodrell Theatre, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB

Chris Watson introduces his work as a sound recordist, describing the elements and fieldcraft behind on-location recording, as well as the application of sound recordings in a range of media.

Whispering in the Leaves is co-produced by Sound and Music and Forma.
Part of the Summer Festival at Kew Gardens
Originally commissioned by AV Festival 08