Rusava, Czech Republic on 3rd May 2020 – by Tomáš Šenkyřík

“The recording is from the place where I grew up and where I used to listen to the soundscapes since my early childhood. There is a meadow with some old fruit trees, all surrounded by forest. On one side, the forest was cut down last year because of the bark beetle infestation and only a few trees have remained. From this direction you can hear the sound of the drumming woodpecker. The dawn chorus ends when an awakening insect flies around the microphones. There are several cottages in this meadow.”

From Timber Festival’s ‘Sounds of the Forest’ – a mass audio participation project aiming to create the first ever forest soundmap of the world.

They are inviting people to visit their local forest or woodland and record one minute of the sounds they hear. Full details of how to send in sounds, including technical advice for how to get the best quality recording from a phone, are at

At the start of July, on the weekend that Timber would have taken place in the National Forest, the forest soundmap will be released. The sounds will form an open source library, to be used by anyone to listen to and create from. Selected artists will be responding to the sounds that are gathered, creating music, audio or artwork, to be presented at Timber 2021.