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.
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
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!!
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.
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
Margherita Riotta sang by connecting to an oak tree in a sort of man/plant embrace that moved the audience almost to tears.
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.
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.
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.
(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/
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 pendulumdeveloped 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.
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.
Artist, Teacher, and Designerin Caviahue, Argentina
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?
“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.
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.
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.
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!
We are proud to have established a partnership with Prof. Maximilian Moser. We consider him a friend who is passionate about the Music of the Plants and brings his professional and human contribution to this project.
He is Professor of Physiology at the Medical University of Graz (Austria) and head of the Human Research Institute (www.humanresearch.at). The expertise of this institute lies in space medicine, in which he actively participated in the 1990s. He took part as the Principal Investigator of the Austrian-Russian “Austro-Mir” spaceflight mission in several medical experiments, among them sleep and cardiovascular studies, including the longest spaceflight ever with V. Poljakov (more than 14 months).
He published 120 articles in renowned scientific journals, 500 scientific lectures and co-author of 4 books in German, translated into several languages: Chronobiology und Chronomedicine, 1998; Wachsen am Widerstand – Adaptive Resilienz, 2015; Vom richtigen Umgang mit der Zeit, 2017; Kerngesund mit der Kraft des Waldes, 2020 (Core health with the power of the forest).
On November 9th he participated in an interview on the important Austrian Servus TV related to Swiss Stone Pine. He showed the Bamboo device as a means to reconnect with Nature.
We asked a few questions to Max regarding his research about the Swiss Stone Pine and the Music of the Plants.
Terrier: Why are you interested in the Swiss Stone Pine?
Dr. Moser: Swiss stone pine is a very resistant tree that is located at the timberline in the Alps. It has adapted to extreme conditions of high cold and drought stress and over the course of many millennia has developed special properties that can also help stressed people.
Terrier: What are its main properties?
Dr. Moser: It has a special sweet smell deriving from essential oils (800 different) that protect it from bacteria, viruses and hostile fungi. These components silence overactive genes in the pathogens making them less virulent and harmless. This action makes them very interesting for a new range of antibiotics, that are not lethal to bacteria but only calm them and therefore do not exhibit an evolutionary pressure leading to resistant germs.
The oils have a calming and vagally stimulating effect also for humans, improving their sleep and boosting vagal activity. Vagal activity is very important to prevent overreactions of the immune system (e.g. in COVID 19) and to recreate after efforts.
Our institute has completed several studies emphasizing these effects and recently published a paper about it (see attachment).
Terrier: What’s your experience with the music of the plants in pine wood?
Dr. Moser: I have been using the Music of the Plants device for several years with many plants. The Swiss stone pine plays a very nice and gentle music and is easy to connect.
Terrier: we thank you very much Dr. Moser and we trust we will do visionary projects in the near future together.
Scanbox hold the rights to the Danish romantic comedy ‘Venuseffekten’, which will be released in theatres on November 18th in Denmark. Venuseffekten is a romantic love story with several comedic elements, and it can best be described as the closest you can come to a “sustainable” and “organic” film.
The young woman Liv lives in the outskirts of Denmark, where she works at her parent’s planting nursery. When she meets the adventurous and chaotic Andrea from the big city, her values are put to a test while she slowly falls in love with this flamboyant young woman. It’s a film about carrying on the legacy of one’s parents, about living the simple life in the countryside vs. the energetic big city, but it is also a celebration of nature.
This is the debut feature film from director Anna Emma Haudal who is the creator of the huge local TV-series hit ‘Doggystyle’ which was the most streamed series on the Danish national broadcast site DR.dk with over 1 million viewers, when the first season was released in 2018. Anna Emma is enormously taken by nature, which plays a huge part in her story. In the film, the character Andrea is partly working as an artist, and she uses a U1 device to make music from plants.
We are very honoured by this collaboration, and may Plant Music inspire many more people!
Supernal Magazine contacted Alison Jarred, the current co-ordinator of Damanhur Australia, about her role in an international project to grow spiritual eco-communities to support our collective evolution and reconnection to Life. What a fascinating story it is too!
Tree orientation is a project with the aim of reactivating the deep connection between trees and human beings, to re-establish the ancient alliance that united these very different species.
Trees, through their specific sensitivity and intelligence and the weaving of their roots, are the largest and most powerful “living computers” on earth.
We are all part of the same spiritual ecosystem, and our survival and evolution depends on the presence of these extraordinary beings.
Today, tree orientation involves hundreds of people around the world who are passionate about this mission. They use specifically prepared Selfica pendulum as a mediator between human energies and those of the plant world.
“Selfic technology” that was introduced more than forty years ago by Falco and which has been developed at Damanhur ever since. Selfica creates objects mostly made of metals and special inks that serve as conduits for highly specialized energies that can interact both with humans and the environment.
Once there are enough trees oriented in an area, the energy increases so much that the trees themselves are able to send a superior vibration to all the plants around, through the tight weaving of their roots.
Once it has reached a sufficient critical mass of oriented trees, they will be able to adapt themselves more effectively to the increasing ecological degradation and to actively interact with other species, including humans, to generate creative responses and solutions. The current planetary crisis can only be resolved through the union of diverse species and forces.
The operation is driven by Global Tree Net. Their purpose is to launch a global campaign of awareness and celebration of the relationship between humans and trees. At the core of this initiative is a specific technique devised in Damanhur.
People from all over the world are invited to participate, adding their unique artistic, cultural, and spiritual approaches.
The basic idea is to connect to the world of trees and with this intention, open heart and mind, walk towards the trees we want to orient.
With the Pendulum, the Selfic Paiting and the personal Spheroself people walk around each tree three times. It is necessary to have the orienting tool in your hand, close to your body or if you orient in a group of people, handing it around a very big tree from hand to hand.
All the oriented trees are counted. Specific information about a tree, like the age, hight, width or special stories are important. The map of all oriented trees around the world is always updated.
If you like to participate to this incredible magic operation, please visit the website: www.globaltreenet.org
If you like it, don’t miss the incredible opportunity to partecipate to the Global Tree Orienting Weekend on May 14-15th, 2022. Click here to discover more.
Even though we are only realizing it now, plants have been communicating in many ways, with awareness and intentionality, for millions of years. Plants have learned to communicate accurately and precisely in many ways because of their sessile nature, which does not include escape as a defense strategy!
Today, a new science is finally clarifying the incredible potentialities that have been expressed by Plants over millions of years of evolution (even though they appear, to our superficial gaze, motionless and silent beings). This Science is Plant Neurobiology, represented in Italy by Prof. Stefano Mancuso, Director of the L.I.N.V. International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology. He is also the author of many books in which he describes the ongoing research of Plant Intelligence.
Communication between plants
Plants communicate through the production of B-VOC (Biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds), which are thousands of aromatics, smells, essences, etc. produced and perceived by the roots, leaves, trunk, and flowers in the form of Aromatic Compounds, Essential Oils, Resins, etc. These BVOC are released into the air and transported even thousands of kilometers away, allowing plants to acquire and disseminate useful and valuable information.
Plants communicate through a root system via hormones and diffusible compounds that are carried by very small fungi (Micorrize) that connect the roots of many Plants in a forest, creating a sort of Wood Wide Web, equivalent to a Social Internet Network.
Plants produce electromagnetic fields
Plants also communicate through the variation of Electromagnetic Fields produced by the Neurobiological Activity that takes place between the roots and leaves. These Electromagnetic Fields are very dynamic, constantly changing and adapting to everything that happens in the environment, soil and wind in response to variations in sunlight, air movement, the presence and quality of water, and also in response to interactions with animals or people. These variations are perceived by insects, bacteria, fungi, animals and other plants, creating a social fabric from which we humans, risk being excluded.
Can plants communicate through music?
Plant Neurobiology has taught us how to detect, in real time, these subtle variations in Electromagnetic Field, which can be processed by specific software and transformed into Variations of Musical Notes. This allows plants to communicate with us humans in an intelligent way! Since the 1980s, the research group referred to as: Solera’s “Music of The Plants”, has collected thousands of sound testimonies from Trees, Plants and Vegetable Organisms, creating Plant Music Concerts, deepening the research in communication skills of the plant world.
A.I.Me.F. (Italian Association of Forestry Medicine) and Prof. Stefano Mancuso, Director of L.I.N.V. (International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology) create an artistic group in 2018, thanks to a Project shared at the Master “Vegetal Future” at the University of Florence. They gave birth to “The Plant Players“, which literally gave a Voice to Plants!
How plant communication is translated
Thanks to the Music of the Plants devices and the team, Italian Association of Forestry Medicine, hundreds of “Musical Scores” have been recorded directly from the Plants. These scores have been generated from Plants in excellent health, during experiences of interaction with Experts in Forestry Medicine, Experts in Plant Osteopathy, Botany and Herbal Medicine, in Certified and Healthy Places (such as the Pimpinella Garden in Bologna, or Villa Bardini in Florence), transmitting to us humans all the Wellness that each Plant can offer.
The musical tracks are elaborated by means of special sensors able to detect the variations of the electromagnetic field produced from the roots in the soil to the leaves on the foliage of the plants. These signals are immediately transduced, by means of special algorithms and software, in a sound format, pre-setting only the scale, the timbre and the execution times. The application of the sensors is absolutely non-invasive and non-traumatic for the Plant. The Music can be immediately received thanks to a special amplifier and can be simultaneously recorded in real time on MIDI track by means of software and appropriate digital instrumentation.
Plants have Intellectual Properties and Royalties!
Thanks to agreements with CDBABY and SIAE, the Plants have Intellectual Properties and Royalties!
The recorded Musical Track is particular and specific, since, on one hand, it follows the electromagnetic variations linked to the physiological mechanisms of the given Plant via their xylem flow, phloem flow, root pressure, evapotranspiration, communication mechanisms, hormonal production and BVOC. This sequence is recognizable as a Fundamental Track present in all the Plants of a given species (usually a sequence of 4 or 5 specific notes). On the other hand, the elaborated Musical Track is also connected to individual variations linked to the surrounding environment and to the context with which, at a specific time and in a specific place, while the Plant is interacting with wind, air, sun, animals, insects, other plants, human beings, etc. These individual variations change continuously, even in the same Plant, “recorded” at different times.
Plants can learn to play
We have noticed a Learning Process in Plants. If they are connected to the instrument for the first time, many Plants seem to express themselves in a more “mechanical” way and with wide latencies and pauses, compared to the same Plants that, after some time, return “to make music”. The second or third time they experience more artistic expressiveness, interact with the environment in a more explicit way and seem to have learned how to better manage this possibility of communication.
Plants listen to music
In fact, Plant Neurobiology has shown that Plants are able to listen to music, sounds and vibrations. This listening ability is already used in many contexts to improve the quality of food production and the quantity of the harvest. We have also verified many times how the Plants connected to the sensors and made able to “perceive” the music they produce, quickly learn to interact with musicians who produce sounds or songs next to them with various instruments. The plants can manage the rhythms, pauses and times in a way that appears completely congruous, conscious and sensitive. This incredible experience can be witnessed by participating in one of the Plant Music Concerts realized by A.I.Me.F. in many locations in Italy, including the Garden of Pimpinella (Marzabotto, BO) email@example.com.
Plants can produce “Work of Ingenuity”.
The musical track elaborated by a Vegetable Organism is, therefore, something unique and unrepeatable, which can be considered the same as a “work of ingenuity” and therefore subject to the same rules for the protection of Intellectual Rights. Law 633/1941 protects “works of the intellect of a creative nature that belong to literature, music […] whatever their mode or form of expression”.
What are the requirements for the Protection of Copyright in a Musical Work?
The first requirement is the “creative character”, which refers to a “personal and individual expression of an Opera” (Cass. 28/11/2011, n. 25173, in Foro It., 2012, I, 74.1). The Work, in order to be Protected, must contain in itself the expression of the “personality of its author”.
The second requirement is “novelty”. A Work must be considered a novelty to be protected. It cannot voluntarily reproduce, in a direct or strongly evocative way, a creation of another.
A third requirement is “originality”. An Original work represents the result of the Author’s individual creation.
The law considers Original (and therefore subject to Copyright Protection) work that has been created independently by an Author, as a new and original expression of the author’s personality that contains a minimum amount of unrepeatable creativity. Each of these characteristics have been demonstrated by A.I.Me.F. and The Plants Players Group, through the Musical Recordings of the Song of Plants, allowing the Plants to become a new entity with Intellectual Rights!
The serious job of a Plant-artist
From every Location certified as Suitable for Forestry Medicine, The Plant Players make:
Digital Music Album, called The Musical Gardens with 15 to 20 tracks
The Album contains Songs of all kinds of Plant Organisms: Flowers in soil or in a vase, Plants, Grass, Large or small trees, Roots, etc.
During Recordings, the Plants are treated with care by E.O.V. Plant Osteopathy Experts and Forestry Medicine Experts.
The scores are registered on the International System of Protection of Digital Music CD Baby (cdbaby.com).
The Canto delle Piante is made available on the A.I.Me.F. website, in the Canto delle Piante App and through Digital Music Managers, including Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Deezer and many others!
For each Plant there is an Information Sheet that highlights specific characteristics, the information on Therapeutic Potential in the treatment of diseases and rebalancing of Emotions, and the historical, subtle, symbolic and magical aspects of each Plant.
Live concert of a Plant-artist
Geolocalization is given for each “Scores Authoring Plant”, so that she can be visited by Fans who have received well-being and healing by listening to her specific song, to meet her, thank her and listen to her “Live”!
– For each “Scores Authoring Plant”, there is a Backstage through Photographs and Video stages which share the artistic-scientific-therapeutic experience of recording the Song of the Plant.
– For each “Scores Authoring Plant”, the complete score is transcribed in PDF with notations and execution times, made available on the website and in the APP.
In this way, from the Digital Music Servers, the App, or the A.I.Me.F. website, anyone who wishes can listen to a Song from their favorite or therapeutic Plant can obtain benefits and promote their health!
Plants are selling music tracks
Those who wish to purchase an entire piece of music (lasting from 3 to 10 minutes) and acquire the rights to use the Scores for their own arrangements, can do so through dedicated Sites. It is possible to acquire every single piece for a donation of 0,99 € (discounts are possible for the acquisition of an entire Album). Each donation produces Royalties, which are provided by A.I.Me.F. directly to the Authorship of the track, through the representative of the “Curator”, who will be responsible for protecting the health of the Authorship of the track, or to encourage the dissemination of plants of the same species, thus complying with the biological objective of every living being: to stay healthy and disseminate their genome.
Your Donation is a small and important step to change the way you think about Plants and so you will change the whole World!
Do you want to register the musical score of your Plant?
If you are interested in registering a Song from the Plants in your Garden, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org!
After cataloging the score and acquiring the Intellectual Rights in the name of the Plants, you can receive a Digital Album from Your Musical Garden for individual and group listening to promote Meditation and Health!
The subtle information conveyed by the acoustic vibrations of the Music, reproduce the electromagnetic vibrations of the Plants themselves and the therapeutic principles connected to them.
Doctor, Osteopath D.O. and Expert in Plant Osteopathy E.O.V. The clinical activity and the passion for scientific research on Osteopathy and Bionatural Health Promotion Disciplines led him to collaborate with Universities, Schools and Associations in Italy and Europe.
President of A.IMe.F. (Italian Association of Forestry Medicine). www.aimef.net
Do you have the feeling that plants are sometimes communicating something to you?
Would you like to ask how your potted cyclamen is doing?
Do you think plants have an intelligence but “Science” struggles to admit it?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, we can now reveal the tool that can revolutionize your beliefs about the world of plants.
Bamboo Control Software is a revolutionary software that allows you to see the electrical signals of the plants in real time. That will allow you to check and potentially understand the behavior of the plants.
It is an extraordinary opening of a new era in plant research not only for scientific laboratories but for all the passionate persons ready to discover more about the Plant World.
An incredible software that is ready to use and can monitor the electrical activity of your plant in real time using our device Bamboo. From your PC you can see how the environmental and external agents can affect the life of this being.
If you’ve read the book “The Secret Life of Plants” by P. Tompkins and C. Bird, Cleve Backster’s experiments with a galvanometer will immediately come to mind. He demonstrated how a plant could be connected with his thoughts and emotions even miles away.
Our spiritual mission is the unification of the Mother Worlds of Plants and human beings. The first step is therefore the awareness that Plants are evolved living beings that possess a consciousness and a high collective intelligence.
How does it work?
Bamboo is measuring the resistance of the plant between 2 electrodes. One electrode is placed in the ground near the roots and one electrode is clipped onto the leaf.
The device measures the Total Resistance that is a combination of 3 measures:
1. the intrinsic resistance of the plant
2. the resistance of the contact between the leaf and the metallic clip
3. background noise
The Bamboo Control Software reads the instant total electromagnetic value of the plant and produces a graph that can be easily read by you!
At the moment the software is in Beta Test so still under development. Your part, as a researcher , by giving us feedback is fundamental.
Be connected with the Plants Word and be part of the innovation with us!
Satu-Aamu Kangas shares with us that an article was published in the August 2016 version of the magazine Sielunpeili in Finland about her work with the Music of the Plants. The magazine is published by Karprint Oy and is available throughout the country. If you happen to speak Finnish, pick up a copy and let us know your thoughts about the article!
As a token of appreciation for all your support, Lavender and Nu-Mex Twilight composed this small song for you.
Our small staff has been so overwhelmed by the amount of positive feedback about the Music of the Plants that we have not been able to properly communicate what is happening here in MotP headquarters—and there is so much to tell!
This year, we have been heads down on research and development. In the coming months, we hope to share exciting news about next generation devices, research around the world on the effects of plant music and new plant perception discoveries from music composed by plants.
Today, the best way to keep up to date about what is happening with the Music of the Plants is to follow our Facebook page and Youtube channel. We invite you to post videos, photos, audio and stories about your experiences for everyone to see. This is the best place to ask questions and look for research collaborators, as well.
You can find a complete list of vendors on this site. For all other inquiries, contact us.
Every week, a team of facilitators at the Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens in Australia take their guests on a journey of contact and exploration with nature using the Music of the Plants. Azriel ReShel is one of these facilitators.
“It is an amazing and magical experience to hear the plants sing. I love witnessing the joy and wonder on people’s faces when they hear a plant make music for the first time. I’ve had many skeptical people in the audience and after they hear the plants sing, they soften. It’s like a doorway is opened in their mind.”
“Perhaps in a very small way the Music of the Plants can contribute to a shift in consciousness that leads to greater love for and preservation of nature.” Read about Azriel’s experiences in Uplift.
Christine Saramito came to Damanhur to write an article about community life in harmony with nature, but when she discovered the Music of the Plants, she knew instantly that this would be her main focus point.
On 21 May 2014, the Music of the Plants appeared alongside Dame Julie Andrews and Ian McKellen on The One Show on BBC. Christine Walkden presented Edelweiss, Pinapple and Fern, three plant musicians which performed before a live audience. Here are the clips of their various interactions:
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