Sonic Forest is a mesmerizing light and sound installation created by acclaimed artist, architect and composer Christopher Janney. The installation is composed of sixteen eight-foot columns, each containing audio speakers, lights and photo-electric sensors that enable up to four people to interact with each column at once. Students will immerse themselves in the multisensory installation as they pass between the electronic trees, “playing” the forest as they go by, triggering sensors by touch or movement, and creating an ever-changing score of melodic tones, environmental sounds and spoken or whispered texts, with varying effects of light. Christopher Janney has created public interactive sound-light artworks and performances all over the world. Trained as an architect and jazz musician, Janney aims to have music “wrap around you like a blanket.”
Monday, October 12
6:45 p.m.: Performance on Hahn Plaza near Tommy Trojan
7:30 p.m.: Panel Discussion at Annenberg Auditorium
For the official opening of Sonic Forest at USC, Christopher Janney has composed a “truly immersive sound experience” to be performed within the installation. The piece will be performed by Stan Strickland on electronic flute together with the percussion section of the Trojan Marching Band. The performance will begin at dusk, and will be followed by the panel discussion, “Public Space, Public Art and Public Life.” The panel will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Annenberg Auditorium. For more information on the panel, please click here.
Organized by Scott Fisher (Cinematic Arts), Martin Kaplan (Communication) and Patrick Morganelli (Music).