The Apple Tree Orchestra is an ongoing long-form automatic composition written by falling apples. Notes are based on where and when apples fall, the distance from the tree and the weather conditions are recorded and inform the score.
Inspired by Common Ground’s Orchard and Roger Deakin’s Wild Wood it also draws on the practices of automated compositions like the Heart Chamber Orchestra and Artists’ such as Steven Turner who use movements and cycles in the environment.
The music condenses the cycles of six young apple trees. Years become movements, storms become phrases or sudden musical clashes as the music plots the progress of these young trees. The collaboration between musician and apple allows the audience to read the performance as data visualisation or music.