April 2008

Trentham in Stoke-on-Trent has a monkey reserve containing one hundred and forty Barbary Macaque monkeys.

The binaural recording was a little disappointing because the monkeys didn’t make any sounds at all, although I did capture the tour guide giving a talk, as well as a video explaining how the monkeys survive the harsh British winters and the general ambiance of the place (birds singing and rivers flowing). With this soundscape I believe the best part of the audio to describe the experience was from the gasps and shouts of excitement from the children.

*Please listen to Monkey Forest via stereo headphones.  Approx 3 mins

Monkey Forest, Stoke on Trent

Lucy Stevens’ artistic practice examines the acoustic ecology of the natural environment, using field recording, digital illustration, performance and printmaking as a tool to visualise sound produced by wildlife, weather and other natural phenomena.

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