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Thursday, 30 August 2012

Plants, People and Music Part 2: Plants Make Music?

The Music of Trees: Beautiful Musical Notes Falling from Tree, collage by wobuilt.com
Collage: Beautiful Musical Notes Falling from Tree
Image Credit: MS Office ClipArt: Tree + Dancing notes
"There is always music amongst the trees in the garden,
but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it." ~ Minnie Aumonier
Quote Source: All Nature, My Garden: The Music of Trees

Plants, People and Music Part 1: Listen for Life - The Connection between Biological Wellness and Music

Weeds be Jamming - The Ability of Plants to Make Music

Last time we looked at how plants seem to respond to music.

Well, what about the reverse: can plants make music?

We know the human response to music is often to join in, add to the beat, sing along, etc. Could it be possible that plants might exhibit a similar type of stimulus-response? And if so, might it be possible to "capture" that response as "music?"

The surprising answer is ... yes, quite possibly!


youtube.com: Can plants make music?
Plant orchestra and Biofeedback
Video by http://www.timewavezero.tv
Uploaded by TimeWaveZero on Mar 23, 2011

By connecting sensors to the plant and a simple synthesizer, researchers are able to capture the subtle shifts in electrical currents in the plants. These shifts are translated into notes and played by the synthesizer.

The plant seems to respond to the notes it hears that itself has played. One might be tempted to jump to the conclusion that the effect is pure stimulus-response. However, that would produce a very mechanistic result.

The following video from Damanhur, Italy, really sparks the imagination:


youtube.com: Singing Plants at DamanhurExperience what is was like to be in the Sacret Forests in Damanhur
and listen to the singing plants. It will change your perception on life.
Uploaded by RoatanBruce on Oct 24, 2011

What’s really going on here? On the surface it seems plants may have more in common with people than modern science would like to admit.

Peapod Life will pursue the phenomenon, and who knows? If our research and development produces similar results as those seen in Damanhur, we will dedicate ourselves to introducing and promoting a new experience of what it means to share living spaces with plants.


Attila Lendvai
VP of Strategic Development
Wo-Built Inc. - Innovative Design and Build



links:
Music Thing: The Musical Life of Plants Part 1: Hendrix Killed My Petunia
Music Thing: The Musical Life of Plants Part 2: Can Plants Make Music?
Posted by Tom Whitwell

Data Garden Quartet – Live at The Philadelphia Museum Of Art
Data Garden presents a live exhibition recording of Quartet, the first plant-generated audio composition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
4 Tracks, 116 Minutes of Plant Generated Music: The musical compositions on Quartet were generated by four living tropical plants.

Scenocosme: Akousmaflore
Sensitive and interactive musical plants
by Grégory Lasserre & Anaïs met den Ancxt

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