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The Wild Center Launches iForest – An Immersive Sound Experience

May 5, 2017 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

The Wild Center, located in the Adirondack region of New York State, is launching an immersive sound experience designed to deepen the connection visitors have with nature.  A choral work, broadcast as individual voices through an intricate system of speakers, will deliver a sonic experience as guests walk through a path carved into the surrounding forest. Award-winning contemporary British composer, Pete M Wyer, has been commissioned by The Wild Center to create this nature-inspired choral work, which officially opens to the public Memorial Day weekend.

The Wild Center, known as a destination attraction with 81-acres of outdoors and a 54,000-square-foot museum featuring movies, interactive exhibits and live animals, continuously surprises guests with new expansions and features. The new iForest experience was created by Pete M Wyer specifically for The Wild Center. It will transform and enhance the guest experience and leave them with their own story to tell. While walking through a wooded path, visitors will hear a vast choir of 72 individually recorded voices singing via 24 strategically placed and nearly invisible speakers. A visitor’s selected walking path, walking speed and the day’s weather, among other ever-changing factors, will consistently alter this personal musical experience.

The choral work, titled ‘I Walk Towards Myself,’ recorded by The Crossing, a professional chamber choir hailed by The New York Times as “superb,” will create a sense of mystery for listeners and a deeper connection with the surrounding nature.

Visitors to The Wild Center will also find a wide range of other incredible hands on activities, ideal for travelers of all ages. The Center’s Wild Walk will also re-open on Memorial Day Weekend, mesmerizing guests as they traverse a system of paths up to forty feet in the air amongst the treetops. Having opened just two years ago, Wild Walk enables visitors to perceive the Adirondack wilderness with new vantage points and even sounds, providing insight into a landscape previously only experienced by some animals. Wild Walk includes a four-story twig tree house, swinging bridges, a spider’s web where people can hang out, and chances to just sit and observe the forest below in peace. There’s even a full-sized bald eagle’s nest at the highest point where visitors can observe the forest for miles.

The Center also places visitors into the wild, presenting interactive opportunities with different birds, butterflies, river otters and more. Special workshops for nature photography, beekeeping, guided stand-up paddle boarding and even natural history are a common opportunity as well. If guests need a break from the active life they can take a rest in Planet Adirondack to see what’s happening around the globe or catch a nature short in the Flammer Theater.

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