Stumbling through the internet can be disorienting; a soupy narrative of non-sequiturs. A symbolic forest where a straight path is difficult to follow. The journey from point A to B can sometimes lead to F. Searching through audio archives with the keyword “forest” can produce results of field recordings in the forest, audio technicians with the last name Forest, novels with forest in the title, and other tenuous links.
The Forest is a single new audio narrative culled from three separate audiobooks and historic recordings. The three novels spliced in The Forest were released into the public domain after their copyright expired. Written in the 1920′s by the American adventure novelist James Oliver Curwood, the audio versions were read by the volunteer Roger Melin, and released on the free audiobook website Librivox. Because the audiobooks are read aloud by the same man, when they are weaved together, the lines between the narratives blur. Additionally, historic music and sound recordings from the United States Library of Congress add new meaning to these old narratives. Every sound in the “The Forest” has been pulled from public archives and creative commons recordings. Each has been found through the keyword “forest.”
- Library of Congress, The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip, [Poor Babes in the Woods], AFC 1939/001 2722b2
- Library of Congress, The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip, Slow Drag Work Song, AFC 1939/001 2596b1
- Library of Congress, The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip, Diamond Joe, AFC 1939/001 2681b1