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"A remarkable thing about Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller's utterly captivating sound installation is how it blurs distinctions between site and art. You enter a clearing in the forest, sit down on a wooden stump, and simply listen. Cardiff and Bures Miller's work incorporates the actual forest into an audio composition emitted from more than thirty speakers. Sometimes there is a near synchronicity of natural and mediated sounds, and it's tough to discern what is live and what is recorded.

On a sunny day you hear the rustling breeze, but also the recording of a dramatically escalating wind that sounds intensely real. You sonically register that a storm is approaching, even though your eyes tell you otherwise; when you hear a branch loudly snap overhead (in the recording), you become instantly fearful and flinch. The recorded sounds move in a sphere around you, and you feel as if you're in the shifting presence of history. There are the sounds of war: whistling screeches, big explosions, the rat-a-tat of machine gun fire. There is a brief but shocking scream, a crashing tree, sounds of a mother and child, clanging metal. Singers come close, but then leave. You hear the trees and the wind again, and the crickets and birds. In turn frightening and deeply touching, ominous and serene, Cardiff and Bures Miller's forest soundscape is a wonder in the park, and one of the best works in the whole exhibition."

- description from gregory volk, A Walk in The dOCUMENTA PARK, Art in America, June 15, 2012.

Thanks to:

The Canada Council for the Arts
dOCUMENTA (13), Carolyn Christoff Bakargiev, Christoph Platz
The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
d&b audiotechnik, Michael Case, Ralf Zuleeg, Simon Johnston
Nokia Concert Hall, Tallin, Estonia; Aivar Sirelpuu
Ron Elliot
Heather Pawsey
Arvo Pärt
Galerie Barbara Weiss
Luhring Augustine

Speakers by d&b audiotechnik, Germany

AIrplane Recordings: John Leonard
Horse Wrangler: David Miller
Bulldozer: John Thielman
Tree felling: Jeremy Ayotte
Explosions: Pacific Blasting, Banah Blasting, Cody Newman
Horses and Wagon: Sean Newton, Robert Kimber, Greta, Meaghan, Caravan Farm Theatre
Sounds, Voices, and Various SFX: Tristan Mackinlay, Rachel Mercer, Jason Chan, Catherine Spencer, Amber Choo, Maggie Shirley, Kevin McCarty, Dayle Mousseau, Kevin Jesuino, Liz Dumontet, Torin McLachlan, Tanja Woloshen, Bee Wolf Ray, Clare Marie Daniela Rutherford Marquez, Peter Cloud Panjoyah, Albini Lapierre, Jeremy Williams, Sir Jason Dyer, Bob Aschmann, Alison Joy Cross, Phillip Carter, Silas Crowe, Trinity Pitt, Karl Ostermann, Scott, Kyle Miller, Chelsea Lovde, Tacita Dean, Mathew Hale, Jeffrey Eugenides

Production: Zev Tiefenbach, Annika Rixen, Alison Joy Cross
Installation: Carlo Crovato
Construction (Canada): Eric Fagervik
Mixing and Editing and Sound Design: Titus Maderlechner


Nunc dimittis by Arvo Pärt
Performed by The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Conducted by Heli Jürgenson
Managed by Esper Linnamägi
Recorded at the Nokia Concert Hall, Tallin, Estonia

Toy Piano Composition by Janet Cardiff

Banshee by George Bures Miller


Materials: Audio Installation

Duration: 28 minute audio loop