A Musical Performance By Four Tropical Plants

dg-site2Our senses provide us with only a small slice of the beauty occurring in the natural world around us. The Data Garden Quartet is music generated by living plants:

Data Garden presents a live exhibition recording of Quartet, the first plant-generated audio composition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The electronic impulses of four plants, interpreted by humans with the help of computers, has been employed to organize sound into beauty perceivable by the human ear. While the means of producing this beauty can be described in technical terms, the natural creative force generating this experience is less apparent.

We all think we know what nature sounds like. It’s birds chirping, wind through trees, thunder echoing through the valley. These are sounds that come from physical phenomena in nature, producing waves perceivable by the human ear: the need to mate, currents of air and water, static electricity. There are other phenomena in our natural environment, however, that produce information which we cannot perceive through our biological senses.

20 Comments on "A Musical Performance By Four Tropical Plants"

  1. What does this have to do with Occupy Wall Street? 

    I swear, disinfo is really dropping the ball on being an All-OWS news aggregator site when it has like every 20th or 30th article about horticulture or animal husbandry or what have you. 

    • Want me to call a whambulance for you?

    • Migueled | May 2, 2012 at 3:09 pm |

      Just another dumb fucking troll seeking acceptance. Parents should really love their children, it’s unfortunate.

      • Really, did they teach you to speak like that at whatever land grant, state college you attended? My, how dreadful! Gracious me! 

        • Migueled | May 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm |

          If you went to college you need to ask for a refund based on your initial comment. Really dude, they scammed you or you wasted your money.

          • I liked you better when you limited your responses to things with which you disagreed to a simple quad-syllabic sentence like “FUK U DUMMY!” It was far more hilarious than the Frowny McGee act.  

          • Migueled | May 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm |

            Thanks for putting words in my mouth, you may want to see someone about that oral fixation.

            Have fun trolling the rest of the site, I see you have moved on to other articles. You’re clearly not interested in a proper dialogue, the “I’m right, you’re wrong” routine you’ve been trolling the site with gets pretty boring after a while.

          • Migueled said: “You’re clearly not interested in a proper dialogue.”

            Migueled’s First Post in this Thread: “Just another dumb fucking troll seeking acceptance.”

            LOL

            This is too funny. We’re all sitting around my monitor laughing at this. Post something else! 

          • Migueled | May 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm |

            Nice to know I have an audience. Maybe one day you will too for your thoughts.

            That is, if you are actually capable of thinking. Seems like all you want to do is visit Disinfo day after day and cut-and-paste the same terrible ideas you are picking out of whatever books the college that ripped you off made you buy.

            Maybe you should start directing your energy there…

          • That was a pretty good one! 

            Post another! 

          • Hey, I said post another. Do it. 

          • didn’t anyone tell you not to feed the troll?

    • NarwhalNecropsy | May 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm |

      Since when is Disinfo an All-OWS new aggregator site? I see like 1 article about OWS for every 10 on another topic.

  2. Redacted | May 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm |

    Sort of reminds me of this art project done at the college I go to. This woman took a pair of old headphones and started jamming the plug into tree stumps and “listening to nature”. it was less music and more just random electronic static, and then the lady starts spasming like she’s having a seizure.

    It was frightening.

    • Would that be a “community” college? 

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        •  I almost prefer the over educated, but really I have no idea what im talking about crap that goes on here, then this stuff..

  3. spent more than hlaf an hour trying to make a purchase. Paypal seemingly is trying to force me to sign up in order to make a payment. my guest payment wont go through at all.

    • @Anon. Hit us up at contact[at]datagarden[dot]org You should be able to make the purchase through PayPal without having to sign up for anything. There’s a form where you can enter  your credit card info.

  4. Well, let’s hear it!

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