Author: Terrier Kauri

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.

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/

See the full project

nandī

 

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!

What if I don’t get any sound from my plants?

It is necessary to know that the plant retransmits what it perceives of its environment, thus multiple factors can “prevent” the plant from emitting vibrations, like for example:

– the leaf is too dry. Moisten its surface.

– a lack of water in the ground or city water that is too chlorinated.

– a pot that does not allow its roots to breathe.

– a forced culture or with chemical fertilizer.

– stress from you or the plant.

– Too much movement in the room. A quiet place is better.

etc…

Choose a thin leaf or a soft petal, taking care that the thread does not pull on the branch by the weight.

NB: Plants with thick cuticles (shiny surface on the leaf as in camellias for example) can be listened only in bloom, by placing the sensor on a petal. Hard leaf prevents the transmission of electrical signals.

Is the sensor cable supplied with the device?

Yes, a 1.5 meter cable is provided inside the box. This cable is connected on one side to the device and on the other side to the plant, by 2 clamps: 1 on leaf or flower and the other one fixed on a rod sinking in the ground in the middle of the roots.

If you want to plug the device to a tree we suggest you to buy a longer sensor cable otherwise you won’t be able to get both the leaf and the root.

See our 5 and 10 meters cable: https://www.musicoftheplants.com/shop-online/cable-for-trees-extra-sensor-cable-5-or-10-m/

Can I record the sound on my computer or on my smartphone?

Yes, you can record the sounds with an audio recording application on your smartphone (Dictaphone for example). Then you can share it like any other media.

You will need the “Smartphone cable” sold on the site. Note that this cable will also allow you to send the sound to the computer through the online application https://voice-recorder-online.com

https://www.musicoftheplants.com/shop-online/jack-cable-for-smartphone/

Does talking to plants help them grow? ‘They respond to vibrations’

After a year at home with her orchid, Seetha Dodd was rewarded with a large spray of blooms. Could her words of encouragement have played a part?

Original article: Seetha Dodd Sun 10 Jan 2021 <theguardian.com>

 

There is an orchid plant that lives on my kitchen windowsill. For the first two years in my care, she produced two flowers a year. When it comes to house plants, I am more brown- than green-thumbed, so this performance exceeded my expectations. I put it down to sheer luck (mine) and some serious willpower (the orchid’s). I was grateful for this two-flower miracle that survived despite my lack of gardening knowhow.

But last year was an anomaly. Like many of us, I spent many iso hours cooking, baking, singing and talking in the kitchen.

This meant my orchid was the recipient of an exponential amount of companionship and attention. She responded by producing 13 glorious flowers between May and October. I hadn’t upskilled, I was just there more, I noticed her more, and yes, I may have directed some conversation her way. But did her blossoming really have anything to do with my presence? Had she been responding to my voice?

Seetha Dodd’s orchid in bloom
After years of producing only one or two flowers, in 2020 Seetha Dodd’s orchid managed 13 blooms. Photograph: Seetha Dodd

“Plants probably don’t hear like we do,” says Dr Dominique Hes, biophilia expert and lead researcher at Horticulture Innovation Australia’s Plant Life Balance. “But some research shows that speaking nicely to plants will support their growth, whereas yelling at them won’t. Rather than the meaning of words, however, this may have more to do with vibrations and volume. Plants react favourably to low levels of vibrations, around 115-250hz being ideal.”

Perhaps it was a combination of my dulcet tones and my taste in music? Could these good vibrations explain my orchid’s sudden vigour?

“Smithsonian and Nasa show that mild vibrations increase growth in plants while harsher, stronger vibrations have a negative effect,” Dr Hes explains. “The vibrations improve communication and photosynthesis, which improves growth and the ability to fight infection. You could say the plants are happy!”

Happy plants are also important to Rachel Okell, horticulturist and founder of the Sydney-based plant consultancy business Our Green Sanctuary. “I often talk to my plants when I’m looking at them,” she says. “I get excited when there is new growth – it means they are happy and I’m doing all the right things.”

So, if your dracaena is drooping dramatically like a sullen teenager, would gentle encouragement make any difference?

Dr Hes says: “I think relationships are key here, whether it is how you speak, or you notice they need water, or new soil, or nutrients. Tone is also important, given they respond to vibrations.”

When it comes to our relationship with plants, Tim Pickles, horticulturist and owner of Tim’s Garden Centre in Campbelltown, south-western Sydney, certainly witnessed a shift last year. “People are falling in love with gardens,” he says. “They are looking for something to nurture and to love.”

Pickles believes the slower pace of 2020 gifted us with more time to think and breathe, making us more aware and more observant of what is around us.

Pickles’ theory may explain my orchid’s enthusiasm. Is she thriving because I’m talking to her, or simply because I am more attentive to her needs? With overwatering being one of the leading causes of death for houseplants, perhaps being home more has allowed me to notice, rather than to reach for the watering can in a hasty attempt to be a responsible plant parent.

Whether or not we believe that plants benefit from conversation, we cannot deny that there’s something in it for us. The therapeutic effects of plants and gardening have been widely documented – benefits include boosting our mood, sharpening our focus and lowering our stress levels.

But what if the idea of chatting to your plant-children feels like eccentric behaviour?

“If you look at the science, the vibrations, the biophilic connection and relationship building, then for me it is clear that spending time with plants is worthwhile,” Hes says. “For some that is talking, for some it is playing music, for some it is just quietly having them with us as we work and relax.”

Okell agrees. She is reaping the benefits of her practice of caring for plants. “The routine of checking, dusting, rotating and watering my plants is meditative,” she says. “It has helped me remain calm and stay focused on the moment. There is also a sense of achievement when your plants flourish under your care. It’s so rewarding.”

As we edge into 2021, my orchid is still thriving. And because my fingers are not yet green, I can only attribute this to our daily interactions: the adoring looks, the greetings and check-ins, and the attention (both intentional and incidental). She listens in on my telephone conversations and is often my only audience for pre-dinner renditions of I Will Survive. She doesn’t join in, my orchid, but I think she’s feeling the love. I know I am.

The mysterious singing of plants. By Henk Kieft.

Here are the most fascinating parts of Jean Thoby’s recent book (www.plantarium.eco) ‘Le Chant Secret des Plantes‘ (Rustica editions, Paris. 2019). The subtitle reads ‘Refreshing oneself thanks to plant music’. Summaries by Henk Kieft.

Article of Gaia Campus by Henk Kieft . German. French.

 

Jean Thoby, a green man

Jean is a widely recognized ornamental plant grower. After many years of innovation, he now focuses with his partner Frederique and his company on growing music-sensitive plants. In his book he goes deeply into his discoveries in the musical character of plants. As far as I know, this is the first practical book on this subject. He uses his musical experiences with the Music-of-the-Plants device (see www.MusicofthePlants.com ). He actively collaborates with Genodics researchers on protein music (see www.genodics.com ), which concerns biological principles based on quantum physics. And he uses the general knowledge about the plant as an electrical phenomenon. I have explained all these techniques in my book ‘Quantum Leaps in Agriculture, exploring quantum principles in farming, gardening and nature’ (see elsewhere on my website).

But Jean has, much more than I have, experimented with the healing effect of this music. And after years of listening to all kinds of plants – often hours a day – he is much further in interpreting this music. He connects to very recent – and sometimes even more than a century old – research in phytoneurology, which he describes as ‘the analysis of the electrical signals of plants’.

Several doctors are pleasantly surprised by the special effects of plant music on people’s health. Together with these doctors he started to convert his experiences into practical music therapy. And he documents as many experiences as possible, so that researchers can later use these results to better understand these phenomena scientifically. Finally, he explores future application possibilities, also relevant for agriculture, horticulture and forestry.

And he organized the first (in Paris in 2017) and organises the second International Festival of Plant Music (11-16 August 2020, at Chateau de Gaujacq in the south-east of France). In short: something is happening there!

Few people read French easily. That’s why – with Jean’s explicit agreement – I’m going to summarise some of his most innovative insights for readers on my website.

 

Root tips respond to sound 

Italian researcher Stefano Mancuso has shown that carrot tips not only move in the direction of water, but also in the direction of the sound of water. And as soon as one root tip does it, other tips start to grow in that direction as well. Root tips apparently are essential for plants to pick up information from the world around them. So, in his nursery he has radically stopped pruning root systems. Especially annuals react very well to this measure.

Although plants cannot move to orientate themselves in their environment, it seems that – during evolution – plants have found another way, namely permanent communication with other trees and with the environment. There is little as strongly connected to the environment as vegetation is. Here may be a reason why a tree of 4 meters high can have up to 200 hectares of contact with the air. The root system has an enormous contact surface with the soil as well.

These facts serve something else as well. Researchers, among others in Japan, have been exploring for years how receiving – and emitting – electromagnetic waves through tree roots can be used in predicting earthquakes two days before the earth physically shakes. The growing tension in the earth’s crust is ‘observed’ by the tree roots and we can observe and measure the changes in that tension. Those roots can go deep. Cavers – investigating deep caverns – have even observed living roots of an oak species at a depth of 160 meters.

The musical alphabet of the living

This alphabet of life does not have 26 ‘letters’ but 22 amino acids, or more precisely the sound frequencies that match these 22 amino acids. Each protein has its own combination of amino acids and thus its own combination of frequencies … its own melody. So, everything that can produce proteins transmits melodies inside the cell, and outside the cell as well: melodies of the proteins that are in production at that moment of the growth cycle.

By now the melodies of about 5000 proteins are known. And herein lies the secret of the Genodics method. Plants appear to be sensitive to the frequencies – the melodies – that come from outside and penetrate the plant. And the same goes for insects and higher animals, all of which also contain proteins. With this technique every plant grower and every farmer and forester can promote the production of desired proteins.

These frequencies are much higher than what we humans can hear. Humans are actually a rather deaf phenomenon, we can observe frequencies between 20 and 20,000 Hertz (Hz) while the formation of proteins is controlled by frequencies in the order of 20 zeros more, so a hundred times a billion times a billion times higher. Inaudible to our ears. How is it then possible that the audible music of Genodics still works on plants and animals (and people)? This is because of musical laws: take a basic tone of say 400 Hz. So, one octave higher counts 800 Hz and another octave higher counts 1600 Hz and so on. Those octaves resonate in harmony with each other and amplify each other. And this law goes on up to the highest overtones, so audible music also works in the formation of proteins.

 

Protein music examples

For example, the protein Apetala stimulates the setting of flowers. And the melody of Apetala also does this very convincingly. In Gardenia and Camellia, this music has multiplied flower formation.

Here Thoby plays with the idea that plants have developed on earth for more than 450 million years and have constantly absorbed all kinds of vibrations of the universe. So, they must have tuned in to vibrations. A nice example is the well-known melody ‘O solo mio’, which according to the composers Eduardo di Capua and Alfredo Mazzucchi is set to music in a field full of sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) because this melody contains a series of notes that occur in the metabolism of the sunflower, namely in the formation of the protein ATP6.

And how do you explain that certain music by Pachelbel reduces stress? Because the 8 notes in that melody correspond to the same sequence of notes in GTPase, which is known to reduce stress. He even refers to the French national anthem, the ‘Marseillaise’, with its rather bloodcurdling text. Something like ‘the blood of the enemy will flow in the furrows of our fields’. This melody helps the blood coagulate. So, if some plant wounded your fingers, then sing or hum the Marseillaise melody.

Or ‘Le printemps’ by Vivaldi that stimulates the release of milk in cows. Via a trip to the giraffe he continues with the same principle for grass and cows. The example is known that acacia’s in Southern Africa at some point produce a poison that the giraffe hates. This happens especially during drought periods, when the pressure of the animals on the acacia becomes too great. Because of this toxin the giraffes move elsewhere and so the pressure on the acacia decreases. According to Jean, this phenomenon can also be applied to grass and cows. In evolution, the family of grasses originated late, about 80 million years ago (ferns that have been around for at least 450 million years). That is why the grasses have developed far fewer ways of dealing with their environment of fungi or insects – or with cows. Yet something similar happens in grasses that are being overgrazed. They then develop such a bitter taste that the cows hardly eat it anymore. ‘The grass decides whether it wants to be eaten’, Thoby concludes. This also provides an explanation for the bad mood of cows in overgrazed or impoverished pastures.

 

The ethical question of technology 

In the end, Thoby can no longer deny the ethical question: what do we do to nature with this technical intervention, even when it is such a sympathetic thing as music. Is that really responsible? Then he gets an article that directly resolves his doubts: the phenomenon occurs in nature in general. It has been documented, for example, by Pierre Lavange on whales (www.shelltonewhaleproject.org/le-lien-perdu ). Some whales sang in the vicinity of phytoplankton just before feeding on it. Analysis of this plankton showed that the protein content was higher than in unsung plankton. Lavange also mentions that only the mother whales with baby were ‘allowed’ to eat this plankton. Actually, the whole of nature functions by means of vibrations, he concludes.

 

Listening tips and learning points

Thoby also lists a number of advices for a good ‘plant music session’.

– be calm and attentive yourself

– be open and receptive

– provide a quiet environment, preferably without passing traffic

– be relaxed: it doesn’t work if you’re busy with yourself or if you expect too many results.

He noticed that plants sometimes just don’t make music when your mind is busy with very different things.

 

Each plant has its own ‘fingerprint’

With some experience – says Thoby – you can recognize a plant by the first notes of the music. The first series of tones of the same plant is always the same. Only after a few seconds other tones are being added. So, there is a specific vibration pattern for each plant family. Within a family it becomes much harder to recognize the difference, but Thoby and Georges Simmonds, researcher of the French national agricultural research institute INRA, trust that – with the help of computers – the pattern of each cultivar could eventually be recognized. So, each plant species, each cultivar, has its own characteristic ‘vibration pattern’ or ‘musical signature’.

If a plant species is present on earth for a longer period of time, it is also electrically more active and thus emits more tones. The ferns ( > 450 million years of evolution) are much more active than the conifers ( 200 million years) or the flowering plants (120-180 million years), or the grasses that (with at most 80 million years) hardly produce any electric waves. If we realize that we humans are only here for an even shorter time – much shorter than the grasses – then it is clear that we are not nearly as connected as the plant kingdom is. We are the pupils here.

The more hybrid plants also show fewer waves. The more natural a plant is genetically, the stronger its electrical activity. So the preservation of original plant material is even more important than we thought.

Plants in organic cultivation exhibit strong and long-lasting electrical activity. A plant forced by artificial fertilizer also produces sounds initially, but after 1 to 3 hours it gets quieter. It is therefore possible – Thoby supposes – that crops without synthetic molecules much longer maintain their ability to communicate, both internally (inside and between cells) and externally (with the environment, such as fungi or insects).

 

The plant reacts to the environment

We have already mentioned the example of the root tips that grow towards the sound of water. When a plant dries out, the tones also diminish. Or if the plant gets water with a high pH (alkaline water) or contains chlorine, the tones also quiet. As soon as you clean the plant or give it water with a lower pH, the music comes back immediately.

During a strong storm, plants first produce sharp and very unpleasant tones, and then often fall silent. Even the day before the storm, the tones are subdued or absent. During heavy rain and thunder, on the other hand, the activity is maximal. Interestingly, ancient agricultural cultures remember that thunderstorms were favorable for plant cultivation.

Plants also react to people

Plants sometimes stop playing music as soon as certain people get closer. People with stress, anger or frustration. Or if someone can’t believe what he hears and shouts ‘This is impossible!’ then the plant may stop until this person has left. That’s why Thoby keeps the audience of a plant music concert at least three meters away from the stage.

There may even be a certain ‘complicity’ between a plant grower and her plants. So much so that the plant hardly makes any music when another person replaces that grower at a demonstration of that plant’s music. Or the plant just fell silent when the caretaker retreated; in their experience that happened at a distance of about 20 meters. And the music started again as soon as the caretaker came back within 20 meters distance.

Plants, however, do not seem to fall still when people play music themselves or keep plants in the garden or on the balcony.

 

Music of plants can also help people

Thoby refers to several people who came to him, after a concert, with remarks that the music had reduced or sometimes even solved their physical or mental problem. He too has experienced this at his foot. In the meantime, his practical experience has grown so much that Thoby, together with a team of doctors, carries out exploratory experiments in a hospital.

 

Optimal functioning of the plant music

All these experiences have led to a protocol that users of direct plant music can follow in order to achieve optimal effect:

– the place should be completely calm and quiet

– the plant grower/owner should withdraw after the device is installed, in order not to influence the plant’s music for the listening person

– during the first 5 minutes, concentrate in silence on your physical or mental problem

– then a short break would be good, maybe to explain something or answer questions

– the second part of such a session often lasts 20-30 minutes. During this period, you have to be receptive and not allow yourself to wander through all kinds of thoughts and not move along with the rhythm of the music. Have faith in the plant, even if you don’t understand how it works

– the listening client can decide when to stop. Often this happens after you get an image in your mind.

Listening clients are often fascinated and sometimes just enraptured by the experience.

 

Protein music

Thoby is searching an explanation for these healing experiences of direct plant music in protein music as developed by Genodics. And there appear to be surprising similarities between the sound series produced by the Music-of-the-Plant-device and the sound series of various proteins. The hypothesis would be that plants perceive the listener’s vibration patterns, react to them and convert them into vibrations that stimulate the desired healing protein? A very exciting new field of research is emerging indeed. Thanks Thoby!

 

 

Buy the book Le Chant Secret des Plantes‘ (Rustica editions, Paris. 2019). French only.

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