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Melissa Bradshaw

Music and nature combine in new Royal Academy of Music and Royal Parks collaboration

10:16, 18th September 2019

A new collaboration between the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) and The Royal Parks will see music by RAM composers flow through the trees in the Regent’s Park.

A free geo-location app will combine nature, music and walking to help visitors de-stress, get active and learn about the many different species of trees in one of London’s eight Royal Parks. The initiative was developed after the Royal Parks’ arboricultural officer Matt Steinmann had the idea of engaging visitors with the park’s trees in a new and interactive way. He invited students from the nearby RAM to compose music inspired by the many species of tree belonging to the parkland (such as walnut, hornbeam, ash and London plane) to create an immersive audio experience.

The music will change as visitors walk through the Grade I listed landscape, depending on the characteristics of the different trees. Each tree has been given a musical signature, created by the six students who participated in the project using acoustic instruments and electronic sounds.

‘I came up with the idea for Music for Trees while I was surveying trees. I tend to listen to music while I work, and sometimes the music seems a perfect accompaniment,’ comments Steinmann. ‘If this app can make just a few people more aware of how important trees are and the benefits they bring, then I’ll be very happy.’

Iason Maroulis, a third year undergraduate composition student at the RAM, said: ‘This project was an incredible opportunity to collaborate with my colleagues in creating a new dimension to this part of the Regent’s Park, offering visitors the chance to interact with the park in a different way.’

Visitors can download the app from the Google play or Apple app by searching for Music for Trees. If the app proves popular, there are plans to roll out the initiative to other Royal Parks.

www.royalparks.org.uk

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