THE SINGING TREE


THE AUDIO-VISUAL CAROL THAT EMANATES FROM THE SINGING TREE IS BROUGHT TO LIFE VIA MACHINE LEARNING AND THOUSANDS OF WORDS COLLECTED FROM THE PUBLIC.
EVERY VISITOR TO THE V&A IS INVITED TO CONTRIBUTE A WORD TO THE SINGING TREE. ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE COMBINED AND PROCESSED BY A TEXT AND SOUND ALGORITHMS TRAINED ON 25 MILLION WORDS OF 19TH CENTURY POETRY.
THE CONSTANTLY REGENERATING CAROL IS ACCOMPANIED BY AN INTERACTIVE CHOIR OF HUMAN AND SYNTHESISED VOICES – AN INVITATION FOR OUR MACHINES TO SING ALONG WITH US.
THIS WORK TAKES ITS LEAD FROM THE ORIGINS OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE TRADITION POPULARISED IN 19TH CENTURY ENGLAND BY VICTORIA AND ALBERT, AND LATER ELECTRIFIED BY THOMAS EDISON. IT IS AN ANCIENT SYMBOL OF REGENERATION AND A FOCUS FOR CAROL SINGING COMMUNITIES.