Author: Terrier Kauri

4 Life Lessons You Can Learn from Plants

Nature appreciation and outdoor recreation have rapidly increased around the world. A 2021 article published in the Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism cites reports of increased visitation in national parks in Sweden, as well as in Germany, America, and Japan. This just underscores how more people are seeking the comfort and peace of plants and nature than ever before.

This isn’t surprising information, given that the last few years were spent in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. Daydreaming in Paradise explains that working from home forced everyone to increase their usage of technology and made it difficult to find learning opportunities outside of work. Many also struggled to socialize, causing emotions such as frustration and anxiety to build up.

In light of these challenges, many people sought peace in the natural world. Digital platform Klaviyo found that online sales of gardening goods doubled in 2020, as individuals who couldn’t go outside chose to home garden as a hobby. Watching a living being grow each day brought a sense of calm to many people. Here, plants taught everyone to find peace amidst the turbulence in the outside world.

This is only one of the many life lessons that we can learn from plants. In this article, we discuss four more of our favorite lessons.

Turn toward the sun

As we’ve mentioned earlier, there will always be situations in life that are out of our control. However, we can control how we cope and find peace.

Plants can thrive even in conditions where weeds and predators are around them. They continue to focus on their own growth and turn, literally, toward the sun. This allows them to nourish themselves despite the challenges of their environment. Similarly, we must keep on turning towards the sun in challenging times, by practicing good habits and focusing on what’s healthy for us.

Beauty comes in different forms

The scenic beauty of nature comes from the wide range of different flora and fauna that coexist in harmony. In fact, a 2020 survey from Landscape and Urban Planning found higher life satisfaction among people who visited more diverse types of natural spaces, such as managed parks and beaches. This shows us that diversity adds to the magic of nature.

Just like every plant, every person is different. Nature teaches us to accept our uniqueness as part of what makes us beautiful. We all have a role on this planet to make the world a better place.

Look at the bigger picture

Many beginner gardeners know the feeling of elation during the first shift from seed to sprout, as well as the feeling of disappointment when each day doesn’t seem to bring new changes thereafter. It’s hard to notice a seedling’s progress if you observe its growth from one day to the next. If you look at the same plant a month or year later, however, the change becomes clear.

Plants can easily teach us to appreciate the process and look at everything in the bigger picture. That is why gardening is recommended by National Geographic as a learning activity for kids. Even younger children can naturally develop patience and mindfulness when caring for a plant’s growth.

Always be open-minded to new ideas

For years, many of us believed that plants do not have neural receptors, and therefore do not feel. In our previous article of Plants Feel, we wrote that our human flaw is to be ego-centric, as we often use our limited human logic to explain the world. Recent evidence has demonstrated that, even if plants don’t have a nervous system like we do, they are entirely capable of feeling and registering pain.

This information teaches us to be open to new ideas, even if they challenge our long-established beliefs. Looking at the world from different angles can show us more than we’ve ever imagined and thought possible.

For instance, did you know that plants have their own music? Our Bamboo devices utilize revolutionary technology to convert the energy and electrical variation of plants into their own unique sound. Listen to the music of the plants and ponder on the many other lessons that plants can teach us about life.

 

Written by: Tina Lee

2nd Edition of Global Tree Orienting Weekend: May 6-7, 2023

You are invited to be part of a very special event!

The second annual Global Tree Orienting Weekend will take place worldwide on May 6-7, 2023!

 

Alliance between Trees and Humanity

Global Tree Lovers is collaborating with The Global Tree Network to orient trees into a worldwide grid to strengthen the alliance between tree beings and humanity. Using specially designed Damanhur Selfic pendulums, people will orient trees in their neighborhoods, favorite parks, or forests. We intend that this effort will send a renewed and reinvigorated message to the tree beings that humanity is actively working toward recreating a conscious and reciprocal relationship with our tree kin.

For more information about the event or to register for the event CLICK herehttps//:globaltreelovers.org

 

Orienting Music of the Plants offer

 

You can purchase the Tree Orienting Selfic Pendulum as a bundle with a Gingko Music of the Plants device for a special price.

To purchase the bundle CLICK here.

 

2022 Edition facts

Last year over 12,000 trees were oriented in one weekend in 16 countries. Let’s add more trees to the Global Tree Network this year.

Are you curious about the list of oriented trees in the world in 2022 edition?

Australia – 71

Bulgaria – 1202

Canada – 40

Czech/German border – 110

France – 75

Germany – 195

Ireland – 55

Israel – 25

Italy – 467

Japan – 4238

Netherlands – 81

Norway – 3369

Spain – 18

Switzerland – 75

United States – 2338

Zanzibar – 2

 

Read here the full article.

 

2023 Global Tree Orienting Weekend events

And this is the list of 2023 event organisers in the world…but many more will come!

AUSTRALIA

VICTORIA, FRANKSTON……. May 7, 2023 2:30-4:30 (arrive at 2 pm). McClelland Drive entrance, Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Preserve. Contact Regina at regina@plantmusic.com.au

BULGARIA

SOFIA…… May 6, 2023 10 am. Contact Vessela at vk55126@gmail.com

CANADA

QUEBEC.… May 6, 2023 Private event

TANZANIA

ZANZIBAR…. May 7, 2023 11 am – 1 pm Contact Sili at zanzibarmeditation@gmail.com to register.

UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA

San Francisco Bay area…. May 6/7, 2023 private event

COLORADO

Boulder…. Check back for details

FLORIDA

Sarasota … May 6, 2023 10-12 am North Watertower Park. Contact Mary at mg@rockisland.com to register

Bradenton … May 7, 2023 12-2 pm Palma Sola Botanical Garden. Contact Mary at mg@rockisland.com to register

Venice … May 7, 2023 1-3 pm Curry Creek Preserve WEST. Contact Bev at brtempleton@msn.com to register

ILLINOIS

Chicago…. May 7, 2023 Evanston along the lake front. Contact Diane at dianehansel3@gmail.com for time and to register.

INDIANA

Glastonbury….. May 6, 2023 11am – 4 pm at Altheas Herbal Forest Farm. Contact Diane at dianehansel3@gmail.com to register.

MASSACHUSETTS

North Andover…. May 7, 2023 private event

NEW YORK

Hillsdale….. May 6, 2023 private event

WASHINGTON STATE

Bellingham….. May 6, 2023 10 am at Larabee State Park. Contact Lindsey at register@fairycongress.com to register

Music, Plants, and Other Products That Will Improve Home Wellness

Home is where we’ve spent most of our time in recent years. In a feature by Linkedin, international speaker Steve Collinge explains that our homes need to feel like a place of refuge from the outside world. He cites public health institutions such as the NHS, NICE, and WHO that advocate mindful living as one of the key factors we should incorporate into our daily lives and embrace when it comes to health and mental well-being [1].

Readers can do this by including various belongings that answer our additional needs for comfort, beauty, and connection — thus improving our home wellness. Here are a few of our favorite items to get you started.

Bamboo devices

Music has been proven to be a magical phenomenon that can uplift the mood of any individual by boosting the brain’s production of dopamine. Shahram Heshmat, Ph.D. from the University of Illinois elaborates that listening to music can instill calmness and relaxation, as indicated by reduced cortisol levels and lowered heart rate in the body [2].

With our Bamboo devices, you can listen to the music of the plants wherever you are. The U1 device is especially ideal for your home and can play the whole day, filling the atmosphere with the music of your plants for the members of your household to enjoy and listen to all day.

House plants

As early as the 1980s, biologist E. O. Wilson coined the term biophilia to refer to the way humans need and seek out connections with nature. Studies have since found that elements of the natural world or even reminders of them have a positive effect on mental and physical health.

Surrounding your home with plants such as English Ivy or Bamboo Palm can additionally aid in the removal of air pollutants. Otherwise, to make the most out of your Bamboo device, ornamental plant grower Jean Thoby would suggest more genetically natural plants for their stronger electrical activity. As we’ve discussed previously in The Mysterious Singing of Plants, plant species that were present on earth for a longer period of time emits more tones. This means that ferns are much more active than conifers or flowering plants, whereas grasses hardly produce any electric waves [3].

Ergonomic furniture

It is important that the home is conducive to recovery and relaxation from the physical and mental strain that our bodies endure in the outside world. Investing in ergonomic furniture, which aims to lessen muscle fatigue and increase productivity, can make a difference in reducing your risk of pain and injury while promoting rest.

Ergonomic furniture at home is especially key as the work-from-home setup grows and more people are spending time sitting down in front of devices. Pain Free Working’s guide to the best ergonomic chairs explains that your current chair is likely the culprit behind most of the pain or discomfort you’re feeling. Exchanging this for an ergonomic chair, such as the Steelcase Gesture Chair with its 3D Live Back support, can prevent your spine from tensing in awkward positions [4]. Meanwhile, investing in an ergonomic mattress such as the Amerisleep AS2, which is recommended by CNET’s sleep experts for its proprietary type of memory foam, can aid in the muscle recovery process and leave you feeling more refreshed each morning [5].

Air humidifier or vaporizer

Dry indoor air creates an unproductive environment for us and our plants to thrive, and can actually cause a variety of symptoms from irritated eyes and sinuses to respiratory and skin conditions. To prevent this, tools such as vaporizers and humidifiers — with the Everlasting Comfort Cool Mist Humidifier being a favorite among NBC News’ experts — can add water to the air. This makes the home more comfortable by relieving excess mucus, dry skin, chapped lips, and sore throats. Verywell Health’s guide explains that the two differ by how they add moisture, with vaporizers using steam and humidifiers using cold mist, and you can simply choose the one that better suits your needs and preferences [6].

With these items, your home will become closer to a space for wellness where you can listen to the music of the plants in relaxation. To learn more about our Bamboo devices, check out our catalog at Music of the Plants.

Reference list:

[1] https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/importance-home-our-health-mental-wellbeing-steve-collinge
[2] https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/science-choice/202112/6-ways-music-can-lift-your-mood
[3] https://www.musicoftheplants.com/the-mysterious-singing-of-plants-by-henk-kieft/
[4] https://www.painfreeworking.com/best-ergonomic-chairs/
[5] https://www.cnet.com/health/sleep/best-mattress-for-back-pain/
[6] https://www.verywellhealth.com/vaporizer-vs-humidifier-5212237

 

 

Written by: Tina Lee

Music of the Plants online su Faire

Music of the Plants was selected by Faire to enter its worldwide marketplace. They contacted us directly and praised us for our product which is innovative, stylish and according to the most ethical standards.

Faire is an online e-commerce that supports small businesses to be more visible in the world and seek new reseller partners. Its mission “is to help independent entrepreneurs pursue their dreams.”We really liked their friendly approach based on human values and sound entrepreneurship.
One of their strengths is facing competition from Amazon and Walmart and the other players that dominate the world. They help small businesses keep up with competitors who are a million times bigger than they are so that they can discover their next bestsellers from independent brands around the world.

Other values of theirs that we liked are:
– researching the truth by sharing the results that emerge with great transparency
– an entrepreneurial approach that focuses on quality and results
– the spirit of adventure to dare all the way without being afraid of change
– kindness with both customers and colleagues

 

If you want to become an official Music of the Plants reseller or affiliate contact us here.

Sponsor at artistic exhibition “From Men to Gods” in Milan

Artist Cinzia Valente’s personal exhibition, “From Men to Gods,” images of an evolutionary journey, was held in Milan from January 5 to 15, 2023, sponsored by the City of Milan in collaboration with the Graffiti artistic and cultural association.

Music of the Plants as a technical sponsor provided 10 Ginkgo. Terrier participated in the installation of the devices and the wonderful vernissage.

 

By Melissa Bado

The artist, author of the bestseller “Progettazione Aurea,” wanted to express the techniques and philosophy described in the book with artistic language, confirming that everything can be designed as Nature shows.

 

The thought of the exhibition From Men to Gods took shape over the past few years, as the artist reveals, “Every time I met someone with their head down, suffering or resigned, it became clearer and clearer the path I wanted to take. Offering my works, evocative and golden, of deep connection with Nature and life itself, could be a beautiful way to do my part.

Through personal dialogue with the subjects, step by step, I imagined it was possible to rediscover something forgotten, to rekindle that flame that was perhaps holding out under layers of dust. An experiential exhibition through which to rediscover ourselves as divine. When we are centered and strong in our spiritual part, we can cope better with any situation.”

The entire path was structured to facilitate a confrontation with the images and, ideally, restore that with one’s immaterial part. In fact, the paintings were arranged so that they could be observed almost individually and were accompanied by a poem and a plan. We obtained the collaboration with artist Paola Gandin, who immersed herself in the contemplation of the works and wrote for each subject unedited verses capable of externalizing the deep meaning of that stage. Visitors were able to listen, independently, to the words of the poem read and interpreted directly by the writer by scanning a Qr code placed next to the painting.

“Poetry Speaks to the Heart. Contemplating the Sacred Geometry that permeates the universe, from the distant star to the artist’s painting, opens the gateway to this forgotten language and inspires us to rediscover our Essence” (Paola Gandin).

What about the plant? What role did it play? The beautiful creature, provided by Polo and Veronica of Flora et Labora, activated a perceptual process that is as yet untried. Depending on the energy of the painting and the interaction with the observer, it reacted differently, and these changes had voice. Sounds of distant echoes propagated through the room thanks to devices capable of transducing electrical impulses and changes in the flow of plant sap, into sounds and melodies.

Plants “played” their own perceptions and interactions, through instruments provided by Terrier Kauri of Music of the Plants. As visitors wandered among the paintings, they brushed against their leaves, reached down to express a whispered compliment or show them the sincerest of smiles, in exchange for a higher note or a livelier rhythm.

This experience allowed people who came to the exhibition to take part in the event, no longer just as guests, but co-participating in it. Each emotion created a reaction that somehow spread out and changed the overall music. It was magical.

An incredible mix that involved multiple senses and certainly multiple layers of matter.

“The visual experience I had imagined,” Cinzia declares, “literally came to life thanks to this choral project that came to involve the other senses. A unique mix was created: the golden subject and the poetic words, the music of the plants and its constant variations, all served to make people let go of their moorings and let go. There were indeed many visitors who came out moved at the end of the tour.

“We don’t know yet what the next stage of this pathway exhibition will be but, given the exciting result, the encouragement received and the wonderful collaborations born, we are sure it will take off and bring an evolutionary message of trust and union around the world.” Cinzia Valente

Melissa Bado (Art Curator)

www.pigrecophi.com

 

 

By Terrier Kauri

Cinzia Valente’s exhibition “From Men to Gods” was a confirmation that art always has infinite spaces for innovation so much so that it landed on the creative union of painting, nature and technology.
The pictorial path accompanied by plants comes to life and changes moment by moment. The painting generates emotion in the observer, the plants perceive human feelings and thoughts and translate them into music. The plants speak and tell a different story for each individual observer who enters the artist’s world.
We were able to experience a new way of introducing the concept of “plant intelligence” that is very dear to us. The enthusiasm felt among the visitors was tangible. There was a fizzing air mixed between surprise, curiosity and incredulity. Are the plants really talking to me? And what are they thinking about this painting? What about me percipiently standing in front of the painting?
We are sure we have crossed a new imaginative frontier that will fascinate an ever-growing audience.

 

Terrier Kauri (Markering director at Music of the Plants)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The melody of the tomatoes in our school garden!

Are you interested in schools activities and education? 

Here we have some playful proposals for you!!! 

 

Music of the Plants applied in Schools

What plants are in your classroom? Or in your school garden? And what is the relationship your children have with the plants?

Some of us are born plant communicators, whereas for others it seems easier to communicate with other people, or with animals. When a child sees another child or a dog walking by, they rarely go unnoticed. They move, they make noise. But what about plants, and trees? How can we help children to grow up with respect for the plant world? And how can we maintain their wonder and openness for all around them active when it comes to plants, grass and trees?

The technology of the Music of the Plants is a very precious tool for this purpose. Especially the small devices, like the Bamboo and now also the Ginkgo, are suitable for this. Our experience is that children get so curious to hear all the plants. They run around to hear the songs of plants they are usually surrounded by to discover this hidden reality they normally forget to pay attention to.

 

Plants’ Music for Education

Examples of activities with the plants and the Music of the Plants – technology are: listening in your school garden to all plants you’d like to get to know better, including the plants in your classroom in the morning greeting ritual with song and listening to each other. Other activities are storytelling about plants under a tree (or inside) with an integration of plant music, or making a piece of art yourself as a gift to a plant of your choosing.

 

See some examples of projects done by Zigola Pioppo, singer and researcher.

See our blog article of the school project:

Tomas and the Flower Telephone – school project

Also some further project of Zigola related to interactive music theatre for children.

 

In the current children’s literature, music and theater we find more often humans and animals as main characters who experience adventures with whom the children learn to relate to. What about plants?

As science is teaching us in the last decades, plants are intelligent and have senses like we do. Plants can feel and interact with each other and their environment. The music of the plants inspires also artists and musicians to work with plants as protagonists. If you are interested for your school to work with activities with plant music, we are happy to go create a program together, suitable for your specific school or project!

 

Proposals for educational activities

Here we list some examples of possible activities:

 

  • A workshop: learning to play music with plants! Children can bring their instrument, but also children who don’t play an instrument yet, can join with their voice or instruments that the teacher of the workshop supplies.

 

  • School program: A description for teachers and students with with many different activities for children from pre-school till high school. A project of a duration of a day, a week or a month, dedicated to friendship with the plants!

 

  • Concert: Book a concert with the plants for your school, or for several schools together, by professional musicians who play with plants and trees, also your school plants!

 

  • Explore your school garden! Go for a walk in the school garden and get to know your plants better. You can be guided by a specialist, or follow a teachers instruction that explains how you can guide your class in a musical discovery with the plants.

 

  • Storytelling and art activity: Invite a musician and a singer / storyteller to perform at your school or a theater near you with a show about friendship with the plant world and live music of flowers (for children between 4 and 9 years old)

 

For more information, contact us at info@musicoftheplants.com

Lush cosmetics consultant talks about the potentials in agriculture of Music of the Plants

Do not miss this article where we talk with Tarek Amin, agriculture specialist for Lush cosmetics trained in agro-ecology and rural development. He shares with us his experience using Bamboo in agriculture.

 

Terrier:

Hi Tarek and thank you very much for staying with us. What are you doing in Lush Cosmetics?

Tarek:

My main focus at Lush is phasing out the use of highly hazardous pesticides from Lush’s supply chain. It is a progressive process that requires sustained collaboration with the suppliers and the growers.

In fact, the reason I got the Bamboo was to answer this question: do sick or vulnerable plants sing differently than healthy plants? If so, in what way?

 

Terrier:

Could you tell us some experiences with Music of the Plants?

Tarek:

I have “accidentally” grown papaya plants from seeds obtained from a fruit i had bought. I tried to do some thinning by removing the weaker plants. When i used the Bamboo device on the bigger plant that I didn’t cut it produced a sound like screaming. It sounded like fear, complaint and shock and after this brief sound it remained silent.

Interestingly after our chat I was meditating in the evening and left the Bamboo connected to the same plant. In the beginning it was reluctant to produce a sound but then started to produce more consistent and mellow notes.

 

Terrier:

Are plants that are reproduced for business purpose less consistent than wild ones? In my experience I have seen that sometimes flowering plants for beauty bought from the florist often do not play and need few days to learn how to use the device.

Tarek:

Clones, or plants that are genetically identical have showed less consistency with the music they produce than spontaneous plants of the same species. I have seen that in Lavender and in Oregano.

 

Terrier:

Have you discovered differences in sound between plants in the sun and plants in the shade?

Tarek:

Lavender is famous for being a sun loving plant. Even when the soil was visibly moist, some plants sounded angry as if they were shouting ” leave me alone”.

A gentle touch slowly persuaded this plant to sing more consistently.

When the plant is under extreme heat conditions and is fully exposed to the sun, it needs to work harder, or in more scientific terms use energy in order to maintain its water content stable. So, it wouldn’t dry out and die from the heat. A plant in full sun at over 40 degrees, with the soil not protected by mulch has less water available than a plant that is partially shaded by a tree, and supported by the tree roots. I understand that water availability is a determining factor for the sounds emitted by the plant when connected to the device.

 

Terrier:

Could you share some experiences you had worldwide?

Tarek:

For farmers, or in general people who work with plants regardless of their belief systems they didn’t show much skepticism, in fact all of them were eager to hear what the plants had to say and attempted to interpret the emotion the plant was conveying through the music.

A recent situation with a sales person: I attached the device to oregano in a field that was treated with herbicides. He said “she sounds lonely”.

The field has been treated with herbicides, and there were so many dead weeds surrounding oregano. Oregano itself is a spontaneous plant, and requires diversity to thrive.

Indeed, with plants dying around it and soil microbes compromised because of the herbicide application,  the plant would experience loneliness or missing the presence of other individuals. We are only recently starting to understand the dynamics that happen between different species within their rootzones, beyond competition, but more in terms of collaboration between plant species that naturally occupy the same biome.

A lot of this depends on intuition and observations. My key takeaway from this experience so far is that there are plants that express themselves fully and consistently, and this expression can equate to speech, plants try to explain things to us about themselves and the landscapes in which they live. There are plants that do not express themselves because of water shortage, stress, trauma or other factors. Regarding the example above about clones my theory would be this: the plant shares a space with hundreds of other plants sharing the exact same genetics, the plant would then wonder “who am I, really? What sets me apart?” Then could it not be possible that the plant’s ability to express itself, and learn the more complex ways to do so depends on achieving a sense of individuality?

Terrier:

This concept sounds in countertrend. In fact, now many scientists say that the plants are not single individuals but a group of plants. They seem to live in a  global consciousness. They do not have the sense of individuality but a sense of group.

Tarek:

I think a plant that expresses individuality doesn’t mean it doesn’t perceive itself as a member of a larger group. I need to do several more experiments, but the more a plant achieves this sense of individuality as it learns how to express itself in more complex ways, the more vulnerable it becomes. It is not confirmed yet, and I hope I can prove it not to be the case.

Similarly, a plant that has been pruned or cut would be traumatized by the immediate threat to their existence, or the impediment to the plant’s natural lifecycle. This feeling of loss would affect their self-expression if they are feeling incomplete. I have witnessed this in rose bushes I found in Grasse in France. Roses with braided branches (an old practice) had more consistent and even sang beautifully, than the ones that were pruned. Curiously when I said to my colleague that the braided one was better, the pruned plant stopped singing, as if expressing what we know as “jealousy”.

New research has established links between the plants ability to absorb and utilize different nutrients and their vulnerability to pest/disease attack. An interesting theory is that insects and pathogens that attack plants are actively removing unfit individuals, thus bringing back the nutrient these “unfit” plants have absorbed to return them to the soil, this way allowing other fit individuals to grow and thrive. Nature can be very pragmatic in that sense. A plant grows to develop a flower which is fertilized by pollinators to create the fruit and the seed, the seed is the key to the continuity of life and the existence of this species. Now if a plant is unable to fulfill this lifecycle, it will be a waste of nutrients and energy, and in nature there is no waste, but renewal, recycling and rebirth. On the contrary, plants that are strong and well-nourished are capable of defending themselves against pest and disease attacks by synthesizing chemicals that react immediately to these attacks, or even be so nutrient rich that herbivorous insects would only consume a small quantity of the plant tissue, or emitting olfactory signals that repel insects for example. Instead, a weak plant would emit olfactory signals that will attract herbivorous insects.

So how do we correlate the plants’ molecular signalling with the music of the plants?

How can we understand the nuances in the plant’s speech?

How can the plant’s ability to express itself guide our management practices in a way that benefits us and the plant without them being “enslaved”?

What i have learnt so far is a tiny fraction of the knowledge that is out there to explore.

 

Terrier:

Thanks for sharing with us your knowledge. We will be happy to continue this research together.

Tarek:

You’re welcome, happy to collaborate with you!

Ginkgo helps blind people practice yoga

I am Tiziana Siviero, I am 52 years old and I have been practicing yoga since I was 8 years old.

I am a lucky woman: I teach yoga to the blind and visually impaired.
I am a lucky woman because in this life I received a beautiful gift: being born healthy and sighted to a visually impaired mother. No, this is not a provocation, nor is it an exercise in petty gratitude.
I don’t think I would have gone so far as to study and create my own method of teaching yoga to the visually impaired from another life experience.

My adventure as yoga teacher for blind

My world and my venture, Yogabar ( www.yoga-bar.it) brings to the world of yoga, loud and clear, the sense of inclusion, starting with including the visually impaired.
My mother, who saw the world primarily through smell, touch and hearing taught me the pleasure of knowing through the senses. Growing up with her got me accustomed to describing, closing my eyes, and hearing: thus the Yoga classes were born, inclusive and accessible.

Accompany yoga with the right music

Yoga classes to be practiced while listening, inclusive to disability visual. Yoga classes with a precise narrative. The sound carpet that accompanies these classes is important. It must help, not hinder. It must be present as a sensory stimulus, but not be preponderant.
For a long time I have searched for the right “music” without finding it.
I searched a lot, but no music was really good. Whatever music I chose interfered, took up space.

How to use Music of the Plants for a yoga class

Then I discovered the Music of Plants and everything took shape in a more harmonious way.
I have been using it for a few years now for practice with the blind and thus discovered the perfect sound carpet for my classes.
Using music of the plants in practice with the blind has been a beautiful discovery. An experiment daily.
The plants I use for yoga and meditation communicate in a surprising way: they follow the rhythm of the practice and match to the mood of the group.

The same thing is not replicated in the same way with the people they see and this is something that acquiring is important.
I have an impression, which gradually becomes a certainty: the plants and the world of the blind have much to say to each other.
When I teach a group that includes people who are blind and visually impaired, I perceive the music of plants as a outstretched hand, a help that from the plant world comes to us, a group that does not see but hears in a different way and I would like to say, more intense.

Advantages to use Music of the Plants during yoga practice

There is silence when needed, liveliness when needed. Plants adapt and create. As a professionist, I couldn’t find music that suits the practice better: I don’t need to worry about rhythm or connect to technology. The music goes by itself and is always right. Simply the sound follows the flow of our group energy. I find that extraordinary.

We come to the instrument I use, Bamboo M: fantastic for me, not suitable for the blind because it is not accessible, because it has no sound signals or raised buttons. When I bought it years ago and had blind people try it, we said it was a shame.
So over the years, I brought this message and our experience to the folks at Music of the Plants, asking for a more accessible device that we could use with our eyes closed.
I thought the wish was left there…but NO.

Ginkgo: a gift at the summer solstice

This summer I organized an inclusive retreat for my students for the Summer Solstice in Damanhur in which a workshop dedicated to communication with the plant world was planned. The gentle and interesting workshop, curated by Terrier Kauri and Zigola Pioppo, had at its center a wonderful surprise: the totally unexpected and exciting presentation of a device accessible. Ginkgo had arrived, it was there for us to try for a preview!
We tested its accessibility “live” and it was an instant hit: beautiful! Ginkgo is accessible with eyes closed, easy to use: in short , perfect for us. We purchased it immediately on presale!
Receiving the gift of this accessible device during the seminar was a beautiful moment (I was moved!) and I believe it is the beginning of a new adventure.

Communication with the plant world for blind people

Horizons opening up for the exploration of  communication with the plant world with eyes closed.

I feel that the plant world sings more powerfully to the world of the blind: as if the ” plant deity” in its wisdom, feels and adapts to a sensory perception different from what we sighted people consider “normal.”
I hope and believe it can be the beginning of a journey of discovery: For as of today the Music of Plants, resonates not only in my studio to go to other homes scattered throughout Italy, but also “live” in the rooms of people who have purchased Ginkgo and who will connect to my classes, in a concert that unites us even more.

With Ginkgo, Music of the Plants also enters the homes of those who cannot see, and I believe the results will be surprising.
I am curious about the road we will travel, and happy about the journey.

 

 


Tiziana Siviero, yoga teacher. www.yoga-bar.it

A 200-year-old silver fir in the Lesachtal mountains playing piano

Music of plants – the pianist: a 200-year-old silver fir in the Lesachtal mountains in Austria.

 

Clouds of mist drift past and over a 200-year-old silver fir at 1600 m above sea level. A cow shakes its head. Its bell sounds, muffled by the rain-soaked air, horses graze behind it. Under the silver fir stands in the soft wet grass a brand-new grand piano, playing music as if by itself!

(The silver fir improvicing on it’s own)

7306 Silver Fir playing on piano Music of the plants long

Music of the plants – a new world of communication between plants and people is opening up.

Dr. Georg Lexer, founder of the first holistic surgery clinic in Austria in the 1990s, organised budget, alpine pasture, grand piano and film team to make this project possible. Our team around Prof. Maximilian Moser was on an alp in the Lesach Valley last week for filming with the ORF, where this fairytale film was made.

 

There, an ancient silver fir awaits us, its blackened trunk bearing witness to lightning strikes it has survived, but still sprouting vigorously green.

Bamboo, a small box that converts the oscillating resistance changes in the tree into sounding musical tones and MIDI signals, helped us realise our project: a piano concert on a mountain pasture, played by a fully grown tree.

 

To make the interaction between man and plant even clearer, we invited several musicians and an artist who improvised to the sounds of the tree, read or pre-set pieces to which the tree improvised:

Dr Franz Inzko is a medical doctor and musician.

Maria Brunner is a professional violinist and church music director in Innsbruck,

Christian Michael, came directly from the Salzburg Festival, where he had sung in „Aida“ the night before,

and our multi-talented narrator Catharina Roland, who also makes award-winning films (“Awake”) and plays a leading role in a network for the foundation of a new, peaceful society.

 

For further details contact the Human Research Institute: office@humanresearch.at, www.humanresearch.at

Prof. Maximilian Moser, director of Human Research Institute

His Bibliography:

Chronobiologie und Chronomedizin, (together with G.Hildebrandt and M. Lehofer) 2013;

Ital. „Chronobiologia e Chronomedicina“, Amazon, 2021

span. „Chronobiologia y Chronomedicina“, Amazon, 2021

japanese and russian translations available

Vom richtigen Umgang mit der Zeit, Ullstein, 2013;

lithuian and korean translations available

Die sanfte Medizin der Bäume (together with E. Thoma) , 2014;

Das Geheimnis der Zirbe – Gesund im Schlaf, Servus 2015

Wachsen am Widerstand – Adaptive Resilienz, 2015;

Die Kraft der Zirbe, Servus 2018

Kerngesund, Servus 2020

Waldeskind, Servus 2022

(engl. Forest Children, amazon, 2022)

 

Allô, la Terre? – The Earth Telephone

Since many years I’m an adept of the Music of the Plants. Thanks to having experienced the music of the plants, my perception of plants and trees has completely changed. It was as if a switch got turned on. My awareness that all plants are intelligent and are constantly aware of my presence, thoughts and feelings was switched OFF before. And then, that day I first sang with a Spider plant and her music…click… it switched ON. This moment has led me to becoming a student and teacher of plant communication, a singer who sings with plants rather than ‘just’ humans, an energy healer collaborating with plants and their music and probably most importantly it has brought me ‘home’ to my kin.. our kin, our plant brothers, sisters and ancestors.

This is why I am driven to come up with ever new ways of passing this gift to others. My last escapade is called ‘The Earth Telephone’: a sound-art installation that facilitates a conversation with nature. It’s designed with icons to invite you to start your call with the Earth by making an offer to nature, with dial buttons that remind you to activate your own senses and a telephone receiver through which you hear the music of a tree (facilitated by the Bamboo), which functions as the antenna for the Earth.

I made this installation for a special event in Paris in the beginning of June 2022, in which an idealistic economist came on foot with a wheelbarrow – filled with earth from the Netherlands – to the head-quarters of the UNESCO in Paris, to propose to put the Earth on the World Heritage List. He came to inspire the world to give the Earth back to the Earth (www.wheelbarrow-walk.com). I decided to create an event in the heart of Paris to ask people to dwell a moment upon their relationship with the Earth. A moment to realise what you would like to say to the Earth and a moment to listen what Earth is saying to you.

The reactions of people were touching, moving, beautiful and just what I had expected. Some people had tears in their eyes just by seeing the installation and its purpose, especially when I explained that we should give something first, before asking something from the Earth. Other people took the receiver apparently without many expectations and were visibly struck, moved, touched.. it was as if I could see people being switched ON. Of course some people I met were already switched ON. Mainly children who picked up the phone and spoke to the Earth as if speaking to a dear friend ‘Allô la Terre, ça va?’ One woman looked surprised and said: ‘If I want to speak with Earth, I can just go there and lie on the grass, I don’t need a phone for that!’ Of course the ‘Earth Telephone’ is a ‘joke’, a symbol, to remind people to play, to be open, to stand still for a moment. Just in case we have forgotten, or perhaps have never consciously started doing so.

 

For more information on the project Earth Telephone, see www.voiceandplantmusic.com

 

Zigola Pioppo – singer and researcher

www.voiceandplantmusic.com

Tomas and the Flower Telephone – school project

We all know that children more easily relate to the plants, trees and all that lives in nature than grown-ups. All of us have learned to question at some point in our lives wether things were ‘real’ or ‘imagination’. Many of us are now trying to un-learn this bad habit of questioning our perceptions. For this reason I started working on a project for schools with the Music of the Plants. For children of all ages. And it is striking that the older children don’t even believe that the music they hear is really created by plants. I have heard the older children say. ‘Yes, nice performance for the kids from the Kindergarten, but we know of course this is not true!’

 

 

And so it happend that Early June, 2022, I traveled to Paris for a project with the Music of the Plants (see also the blog ‘Allô, la Terre?). Through friends of my country of origin, The Netherlands, I connected to the Dutch School in Paris where we set up a presentation with music, storytelling and experience for about 100 children between 5 and 14 years old. Since ‘a device of the music of the plants’ isn’t really a catchy description that triggers the imagination and curiosity of young children, I used a different term: ‘Flower Telephone’. I wrote a story about Tomas and his reawakening abilities to communicate with plants, and I read them the story of ‘Tomas and the Flower Telephone’, with songs, images and of course: live flower music!

Magic happened. Or at least, we were all clearly testimonies of the hidden reality of plants that we – even plant intelligent ‘die-hards’- sometimes forget really exists. The flowers responded precisely on the children’s attention. At first the beautiful Cyclamen was a bit shy. When I explained the children that we should give something, before asking something from nature, they were all ready to sing a song for her. We sang the theme song of the story together and Cyclamen surprised the children with her – at first – careful song, which later developed in a melodic musical performance. Every now and then she paused, after which the children immediately said to each other to sing again, or clap their hands, or praise her beauty. Cyclamen responded every time again. Also the teachers were visibly put off guard.

 

‘I want a Flower Telephone!’ This is what one of the children kept on saying to her mum, I heard later, after the performance. Her mum hadn’t been present and of course she thought that a flower telephone was something like a phone case or a new marketing add for a smart phone.

 

I think that might be a way to go.. we can help reawakening our nature consciousness through learning from our children. And every now and then our children can use some help too, to not forget about what they already know.

 

For more information about school projects about nature intellgence and the project Tomas and the Flower telephone, see: www.voiceandplantmusic.com

 

Zigola Pioppo – singer and researcher

www.voiceandplantmusic.com

Global Tree Orienting Weekend: numbers of outstanding

155 events

16 countries

5 continents

12,371 oriented trees 

 

Wow, we did it!

An amazing global weekend of love and alignment between trees and humans. It is inspiring to see how many people all over the world, were out connecting with trees, opening hearts, expanding consciousness and creating more harmony. Please enjoy some of the photos from around the world by clicking on Gallery under the Events tab.

Here are just a few comments we received

“We had a beautiful event of tree orienting, 15 beautiful souls came, the trees were waiting for so long, old olive and oak trees in the holy area of Mt Carmel. It was so emotional, uplifting, cleansing , purifying and healing for both sides (people and trees). Feeling such peace, like after deep meditation. We said we will continue this once a month, open public event for tree lovers 🌳💚

“Today was really special. There’s a lot I can learn from being with others as inspired as I to work Co-creatively with nature and all the incredible diversity of species and beings we can connect with! It’s so fun to be in our joy together and do what feels magical and special and makes our hearts sing!”

The numbers of the global tree orienting weekend

Thank you also for sending in your reports so that we can forward them on to the Global Tree Network. We are still waiting for additional reports from Australia, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, and Zanzibar, but at this point our grand total of trees oriented during the GTOW is 12,371!!

Can you believe it?  Over twelve thousand trees were oriented in one weekend!! These events were also accompanied by many Music of the Plants machines that added another dimension and layer to our connection.

Australia – 71
Bulgaria – 1202
Canada – 40
Czech/German border – 110
France – 75
Germany – 195
Ireland – 55
Israel – 25
Italy – 467
Japan – 4238
Netherlands – 81
Norway – 3369
Spain – 18
Switzerland – 75
United States – 2338
Zanzibar – 2

We hope that this weekend has inspired you to continue to connect with and orient trees.

Thank you again for being part of this global weekend of exchange and expansion between trees and humanity. The trees are so happy!!
Blessings,

Mary, Bev, Anne, Rhonda – Global Tree Lovers
Lucertola – Global Tree Network
Terrier & Aninga – Music of the Plants

Guided meditation: “Contact with the Plant World” (ITA and ENG version)

 

 

Photos of the Global Tree Orienting Weekend

Here some of the many hundreds of pictures sent by partecipants worldwide.

      

Earth Day 2022: 3 special events in Palermo

3 Music of the Plants events in Palermo on the occasion of Earth Day on April 22, 2022 in the incredibly fascinating locations of Maredolce Castle and the Botanical Garden of Palermo. As special guests as many as 4 famous artists played with plants and entertained the audience.

 

Maredolce Castle – April 22, 2022 

Maredolce Castle is an Islamic-style building in Palermo that dates back to the 1200s.

Terrier Kauri, marketing and product development manager of Music of the Plants presented the project. Davide Signa, our Sicily liaison and agronomist, introduced the fascinating concept of plant intelligence and its impact on human life.

Lucina Lanzara, famous singer and musical experimenter entertained the audience with a touching improvised performance with a centuries-old olive tree.

 

Palermo Botanical Garden – April 23, 2022

The Palermo Botanical Garden is a established in 1789 that has more than 12,000 different species of plants.

Our Terrier introduced the project starting with the history of scientific research on plant intelligence.

Then he introduced Giovanni di Giandomenico, a pianist and composer from Palermo who created 4 wonderful improvised pieces with a young potted oak plant full of life.
Together they also did sound experimentation using synthesized sounds and instruments from Ableton, professional PC software.

Here a short video.

 

Palermo Botanical Garden – April 24, 2022

The Gymnasium building is the main body of the garden designed in the neoclassical style by French architect Léon Dufourny.
After a short and entertaining presentation of the first experiments on plant music in Damanhur in the early 1980s, no less than 3 outstanding artists followed, enrapturing the audience in the completely full h

all.

Margherita Riotta sang by connecting to an oak tree in a sort of man/plant embrace that moved the audience almost to tears.

Tita e il canto fatato con la Pianta. Orto Botanico 24 aprile 2022 - Music of the plants

 

Then it was Valerio Milone’s turn with his Chinese gu-zheng and harmonic singing.

 

Finally Lucina Lanzara who involved the audience in a shamanic healing chant together with a harmonious sounding oak tree.

Lucina Lanzara canta al concerto intespecie Musica delle Piante - Orto Botanico di Palermo - 24 aprile 2022

One of the moments of greatest pathos was the final Quartet between the performers, Tita, Valerio, Lucina and the Oak plant.
It was, without fear of contradiction, one of the most powerful experiences we have ever had with plant music.

 

Here the video of the final Quartet.

 

 

Click here if you want to see the full video of the event.

 

Special thanks to:

  • Davide Signa (agronomist and responsible for Music of the Plants in Sicily)
  • Lucina Lanzara (singer – www.lucinalanzara.it
  • Giovanni di Giandomenico (pianist and composer)
  • Margherita Riotta – Tita (singer)
  • Valerio Milone (overtone singer and gu-zheng)

 

The first children’s book on Music of the Plants

Music of the Plants meets children with an extraordinary fairy tale written by Nandini Gosine Mayrhoo, writer and editor, living in Palm Beach, Florida.

She fell in love with plant’s music and she decided to communicate it to the world through this beautiful story available in our SHOP.

In the following article Nandini tells us about her project and her experience.

My experience with Music of the Plants

Several years ago I heard a strange music which touched me very deeply. I discovered that this music was being created by plants, through a device made in Damanhur.  I instinctively knew that plant music needed to be a part of my life. Since then I have been exploring ways of sharing the Music of the Plants with everyone I know.

 

A fairy tale about the wonder of Plant World

I thought of a children’s book as a means of encouraging children to experience the awe and wonder of the Music of the Plants, with the intention that they retain this awe and wonder into adulthood, becoming advocates and proponents for much needed change in how humanity perceives and treats the plant world.

I created nandī, a platform for reimagining how children are educated about nature. My book Nandi & The Music of the Plants is the first of an intended trilogy. In my follow up books I will be introducing indigenous cultures, indigenous wisdom and biomimicry to children.

 

Connection with the plants

No words can adequately describe how affected I was, and continue to be, by the Music of the Plants. It touches a part of me of which I was previously unaware, and which I am continuously exploring. I had never thought of connecting with and communicating with plants, and the Music of the Plants opened that wondrous door for me.

A book for children for the future of humanity

I want to share the Music of the Plants with everyone but I’ve written a children’s book as children are less conditioned by society’s expectations and are therefore naturally more open to ideas about which adults may remain skeptical. If humanity is to open its collective heart to communicating with the plant world, then the children of today lead the way for a more enlightened tomorrow.

It is my hope that through my stories, children will retain their natural connection to nature, creating new stories around the future of humanity on our precious Earth.

 

Nandini Gosine-Mayrhoo

(Freelance Writer, Ghostwriter and Editor)

My focus is helping spiritual entrepreneurs share their unique stories through books, blogs, articles and newsletters. See my independent writings in https://nandini1863.medium.com/

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Global Tree Orienting Weekend – May 14th, 2022 Event!

The Global Tree Lovers and the Global Tree Network, together with Music of the Plants, will join forces on May 14-15, 2022 in a Global Tree Orienting Weekend (GTOW)

to strengthen the alliance between trees and humanity. On that weekend, people all over the world will go out to their local parks, forests and neighborhoods to consciously and intentionally support the tree world by orienting trees using Damanhur tree orienting devices.

We intend that this effort will send a renewed and reinvigorated message to tree beings that humanity is actively working toward recreating a balance between humans and the Plant Kingdom. We intend that this project will boost creating a new level of consciousness in trees which in turn will assist humanity to create peace, respect and harmony between people and the natural world.

The goals of Global Tree Orienting Weekend

  • To raise the frequency of the tree beings and humanity
  • To expand healing, respect and harmony between trees and people
  • To raise and expand the consciousness of humanity’s relationship with trees
  • To recognize the reciprocal relationship between trees and people beyond O2/CO2 exchange
  • To recognize that trees are intelligent and sentient beings
  • To help to restore the original blueprint of the planet of harmony between the three Motherworlds: Plant world, Humanity and the Nature Spirits
  • To increase complexity in the relationship between humans and nature
  • To affirm the frequency of Pan with conscious action
  • To assist in the separation of the planes for a healthy, peaceful future of our beloved planet
  • To offer Vajne and all other tree lovers a project to work together to uplift our relationship with the natural world
  • To increase the number of trees oriented in the GTN

How Tree Orienting Works

Trees are oriented using a specially designed pendulum developed in Damanhur, a spiritual eco community in northern Italy. The process is easy; simply connect to a tree using your senses and circle the tree three times. The pendulum is programed to orient a tree to the existing global network.

To know more about it see our article: Tree orientation: the world’s biggest magic operation with nature.

How to partecipate

  1. You can partecipate as a private. Events will be held in countries all around the world. See this page to discover your nearest place.
  2. You can organize an event by yourself at your place. To get information and the registration form contact Mary mg@rockisland.com at Global Tree Lovers.

 

 

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Chinese ink painting inspired by plant music

Do you think plant music is just a tool for pleasure?

That it’s just an object to increase your ecological sense?

That it’s just a musical instrument?

 

Also… but not only!

By now we have collected so many creative and alternative experiences. Not only music of the plants albums but paintings, visual works, books, creative spectrograms, light games, dances and various body compositions.

 

We interviewed Alejandra Alesso to present you her admirable artistic work through Chinese ink painting representing the mountain flowers of Argentina.

 

What is your beginning? How do you get inspired to create these works? 

My teacher lives in Neuquén, a lonely house two kilometers from the road, two kilometers that I used to observe the flowers on the way to her house, and they were the ones that I chose to be painted later.

On that walk, surrounded by flowers and cliffs that embellished the landscape in the distance near the Neuquén mountain range (30 kilometers from my house), Los Riscos Bayos, which I describe as part of the landscape there are one of the three places in the world with rock formations of this type. These were generated by the accumulation of volcanic ash thousands of years ago where erosion and time gave them that particular shape.

In that magical and unique place my teacher taught me to paint and develop the Xieyi painting style.

This style is free, spontaneous, of few and simple brushstrokes where the spirit is reflected in the shapes that emerge, where meditation and contemplation are necessary requirements to achieve the work.

There, in that place when the hot months arrive, the green bursts, plants, flowers and birds fill the environment with life.

During the remaining months of the year, the snowfalls completely change the landscape, covering everything in white and the harsh winter brings days with temperatures down to -20C.

There, in that place, my dear teacher Maggy Eve Risdon, taught me to paint while I listened to her stories about the Tao and Chinese philosophy.

I became interested in meditation and mind control techniques, as well as deepening my knowledge of Chinese culture, its history, philosophy, calligraphy, seal carvings and also its millenary medicine.

How does plant music help you?

Since I was a child I had a very particular connection and perception with plants, not only I feel attracted, I have the joy of finding flowers wherever I go, I stop to study their shapes, colors and even their perfume, I also notice that on the same path, others do not stop to appreciate them.

Generally I have the sensation of vibrating in their same frequency and when I discovered that I could measure their vibration and listen to them in a musical language, it was a before and after for my life, for my art, for my way of seeing them!

How does it allow you to get closer to nature? 

Now I paint listening to the music they emit, this makes my inspiration much more powerful and I connect much more with it!

This is reflected in the energy that I try to transmit in my work, I try and look for that magical dialogue to happen when it is observed by the observer, who can perceive this too!

Have you discovered something interesting listening to music of the plants? 

I have discovered that their music inspires me much more, that I have a particular vibration in the connection with the plants, which allows me to meditate actively!!! Before in my Chinese Painting classes, I meditated with music from the internet today all my students enjoy meditating with plant music!!!

In your experience, how can plant music help artists? Do you recommend it?

I recommend every artist to have their little Bamboo device in their workshop.

The music generated by the plants that decorate our environments have life and are talking to us through technology.

Thanks to this technology one can create, relax, feel the harmonized environment through the sounds we hear, I not only recommend it for artists, I am convinced that this technology can be more than useful to people who practice yoga, meditation, doctors, psychologists, alternative therapists, elderly, breastfeeding children to sleep, I can think of many alternatives in which music and plants can be a tool for enjoyment and tranquility.

 

See the video made by Fundacion ICBC about Alejandra. On min. 6:45 she talks about Music of the Plants.  

 

ALEJANDRA ALESSO

ArtistTeacher, and Designer in Caviahue, Argentina

www.pinturachinaargentina.com

Spectrograms to visualize Music of the Plants?

The creative possibilities of plant music are endless. See here how Johannes Heppner was able to visualize the sound of plants even through spectrograms.
We thank him to tell us his story below.

 

I spent my childhood in a small village in Eastern Germany, the “green heart of Germany”. There was not really much to do all the time, all my friends were living in other places so I could not see them very often after school. So, I spent most of my time in the nearby forests and meadows, going on adventures, climbing trees, and exploring my surroundings on my own.

Growing up surrounded by nature had a huge impact in my life, as my interest in plants started to sprout in my teenage years. The structures and details that I found on different flowers throughout the wild kept inspiring me, so I got myself a camera and started to photograph these structures. That was the kind of spark that pushed me into creativity pretty early. After finishing school, I wanted to dive deeper into photography and started working for a studio that offered me an apprenticeship. At this time, I couldn’t spend as much time in the nature as I did as a kid, and for that reason I decided to bring the nature to my home.

At first, I bought some small foliage plants and I was quite excited how well they did, they were growing well and made me really happy. It was around that time, I felt like plants would become my “new hobby”. I started to grow tropical plants, building so-called hermetospheres for them, basically closed ecosystems in a jar. It felt great to work with plants in a creative way and I spend hours over hours in garden centers, looking for new plants to add to my arrangements.

After some years in the photography business, I felt like I needed something new, so I applied for bauhaus-university in 2020. I moved to Weimar and left all of my plants behind at home, with my grandma taking care of them.

University started and I felt great since I had so much more creative opportunities. Soon I felt like something was missing in my new home, so again I started to get some plants. This time I really went serious about the tropical plants, building a small indoor greenhouse with air circulation, heating and even a humidifier to keep the air moist.  Over the months my collection grew and grew, at the moment I keep around 60 different species in my small room, so everyday waking up feels like waking up in a jungle.

In October 2021 I took a new course at university, which allowed me to do a publication about something I was interested in. It was clear to me that I needed to do something about plants. But what? After a quick brainstorm I remembered that Video I once saw on the internet, a plant connected to some kind of device, making music. I thought that maybe that could be a nice topic for my project. I wanted to make sound-visualizations of different plants. My teachers liked the idea, and so I started doing research.

I quickly found out that the device I saw on the video was named bamboo- so I got in contact with music of the plants and told them about my project. They also liked my idea and gave me the opportunity to get my hands on such a device to do recordings for my project.  They were also the nicest people ever!

After I did the recordings, I started to think of a way of visualizing my results.  I started to create spectrograms which enabled me to see the sounds. I liked the outcome and decided to go on with these, but still needed to find a way to a way to make clear that these graphic files were attached to the sound. After some time of thinking about it, vinyl records came to my mind. The physical transportation of sound and music seemed perfect for my recordings. So, I just had to connect the linear spectrograms to the look of a record, making them round and create videos of them while they spin. I found a way to make them circular and started to create the visuals. While spinning the “record”, the visual component is created in the exact moment the tone is played. So, for the viewers it looks like the sound is forming right before their eyes. In the end, I had 20 completely different circles that were unique in their sound and appearance.

You can look at all of them on my website for this project, www.twentyplants.de

I had really much fun discovering the world of plant music and I can imagine working with it in my next project as well! So, lets see what the future will bring!

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