Torreya Taxifolia
Apalachicola River Basin

The Florida Torreya is considered to be the most endagnered coniferous tree on earth. In collaboration with Micah Vandegrift and Josh Mason of Sunshine Ltd. Records, we are working to produce an "experiential auditory piece meant to invoke the physical and aural sensation of observing the T. taxifolia in its native landscape, the limestone hills of the Apalachicola River Basin, while it slowly disintegrates as a species."

The work will be released as a limited edition album through Sunshine Ltd. records. In addition we are designing an experiential audio tape installation that allows for viewer interface and audio distortion in real time.


Left from Rock Bluff on a dirt road to TORREYA STATE PARK, 15.5 m. on the Apalachicola River. This 520-acre park was named for the evergreen Torreya taxifola, rarest species of the genus Torreya, found here and for 10 miles south along the eastern bank of the river. Because of the unpleasant odor when bruised, the tree is known as ‘stinking cedar.’ Two other varieties grow in Japan and California, but both differ in size, leaves and color of fruit from the Florida tree, which rises in pyramidal form to a height of 40 feet.

—Florida: A Guide to the Southernmost State (WPA, 1939)