Pleasure Garden

Museo di Storia Naturale Faraggiana Ferrandi (Novara, Italy) for NU Festival, Puijo Forest (Kuopio, Finland) for BarokkiKuopio Early Music Festival, Harewood House (Leeds, UK), Kunstlerhaus Boswil (Switzerland), The Charterhouse Gardens for Barbican Sound Unbound (London, UK), Salters’ Yard Garden for Play the Mile (London, UK), Felbrigg Hall for Norfolk and Norwich Festival (UK), Vaucluse House for Sydney Festival (Australia), Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne (Australia), Lambley Gardens (Ascot, Victoria, Australia).

Pleasure Garden is a listening garden.

Visitors of all ages and backgrounds are enveloped by gentle sounds as they wander through a garden, forest, park or quiet architectural space. Pleasure Garden fuses music, field recordings and technology to create a contemplative environmental experience.

Pleasure Garden encourages attentiveness. Its meditative music attunes people to details of life cycles that often go unnoticed. Resonances emanate from plants. Birdsong and insect hum feel unusually present as visitors are wreathed in subtle sound. Pleasure Garden intensifies an appreciation of the natural world as a place of discovery and delight.

Musically, it’s delicate, meticulously balanced to each place it visits, so that the sounds of the local habitat play a central role. The composition is spacious, blurring the lines between its own melodies and the surrounding ambiance. Some layers of Pleasure Garden’s composition are only triggered by movement, and float quietly across the space as visitors explore.


Genevieve Lacey concept, co-composer
Jan Bang co-composer
Jim Atkins audio design
Robin Fox interactive system design
Pete Brundle web design
Sera Davies Lambley Gardens film
Mika Nishimura Vaucluse House film
Angus Kemp Royal Melbourne Botanic Gardens, Harewood, Kunstlerhaus Boswil films
Lisa Thomson Felbrigg Hall cinematographer
Tommi Karjalainen, Onni Vakkuri / Lakea Film Company Kuopio film
Michela Riefolo Novara film
Stephen Goddard graphic design
Bill Strode installation sound
Paul Lim / Additive production manager
Martel Ollerenshaw / Arts & Parts international producer


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Our thanks to collaborators around the world who have brought Pleasure Garden to life:

Jane Davidson and the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Australia Council for the Arts, Malgosia Fiebig, City Carillonneur of Utrecht, Toby Chadd and ABC Classics, Sheena Boughen and the Four Winds community, Music Norway, Lou Oppenheim and Circus Oz, Graham Pushee and Arts Management, Atticus Bastow, Nick Roux, Ann Lacey, Francine Tanner, Jude Gun, Steven Richardson, Nicole Newman, Fiona Blair, Damon Young, Pat Hockey, Greg Lyons, Adam Gibson, Joseph Browning, Madeleine Flynn, Tim Humphrey, Australian Performing Arts Market; Criss Canning and David Glenn of Lambley Garden; Fiona Winning, Lieven Bertels and Sydney Festival, Ed Champion and staff at Vaucluse House, Sydney Living Museums; Kara Ward, Emer Harrington, Catherine Ashton, Mark Lowrey, Lillian Desormeaux, Adele Conlin and Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne; Daniel Brine, Mark Denbigh and the team at Norfolk and Norwich Festival; Paul Forecast, Alastair Bradshaw, Tina Hammond and all at Felbrigg Hall; Suzie Curtis, Kate Robinson, Huw Humphries, Paul Keene, Sarah Hickling, Miko Malkowski and all at The Charterhouse and The Barbican; Tim Bifield, Anna Casey, Rachel Smith, Rebecca Driver, Sheila Pott and all at Salters' Yard; Michael Schneider, Patrick Schellenberg and all at Boswil; Jane Marriott, Nicola Stephenson, Trevor Nicholson and the team at Harewood; Matias Häkkinen, Sanni Antikainen and the team and community of BarokkiKuopio Early Music Festival, Kuopio; Ricciarda Belgiojoso, Corrado Beldi, Mattia Cavazzana, Chiara Gozzi, Enrico Bettinello and all at NU festival, as well as Igor Festari and the community at Museo di Storia Naturale Faraggiana Ferrandi, Novara.