Apple Tree Music

260mm – Middle C

The Apple Tree Orchestra is an ongoing long form automatic composition written by falling apples. Notes are based on where and when apples fall, I record the distance from the tree and the weather conditions. I have considered collecting more data like weight, size and colour of apple but I struggled translating this data into 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 to inform artistic practice.

The music condenses the cycles of six young apple trees. Years become movements separated by long pauses, storms become phrases or sudden musical clashes as the music plots the progress of these young trees.

The Trees

Jim – Cox’s Orange Pippin
  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Ribston Pippin ?
  • Origin: England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1825
  • Originated in Colbrook, Berkshire. Raised from seed by the brewer Richard Cox, at Knaresborough Hall in Yorkshire

Institute of Food Research


Monty – Ergremont Russet
  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Origin: England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1872
  • Developed by: Possibly the estate of Lord Petworth in Sussex


John – Tommy Knight

A dessert/cider one of the best trees for windy sites from St Agnes it has the appearance of a thorn bush

ref    Shane Kneebone

Nelson – Lord Derby
  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Origin: Cheshire, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 19th century


Aretha – Cornish Mother

Medium to large fruit, crisp and aromatic flesh. Tall in shape and very prolific. Highly recommended. Season mid. Ideal as a mothers day present.

ref     Shane Kneebone

Cage – Tommy Knight
Rog Ur – Possibly a Wild Ur Apple

The Ur apple form the Tian Shan Mountains – The original wild apple

ref     The Story of the Apple

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