EAR Forest

Logo for the EAR Forest project

The Art Department is excited to announce the creation of the EAR (Experimental Art Research) Forest!

Lewis & Clark is now the proud home of a 16-channel audio system nestled in the trees. Sound walks, auditory experiences, storytelling, musical compositions and more will be made available through scheduled programming soon.

Students and faculty at the EAR Forest The EAR Forest is located behind Lewis & Clark’s Fields Art Building and the Historic Bathhouse of the Estate Gardens. Nestled in the woods you will find 16 speakers mounted to trees along a path. The project has been funded by an anonymous foundation grant. Faculty, students and visiting artists will have the opportunity to incorporate the system into classes, projects, and events, allowing for dynamic soundworks and cross-disciplinary collaborations. The system is programmable to start and stop at specific times, loop as desired, set to be volume sensitive, and play up to 16 different files (one through each speaker) simultaneously.

The EAR Forest is a rough and uneven path through the woods. In an effort to make this accessible to those who cannot navigate this type of terrain, the audio works will be made accessible through binaural recordings of the walks, available through our Soundcloud channel

Students and faculty at the EAR Forest