Plant Music In Hawaii

Plant Music In Hawaii

In this video, we'll listen to a plant on the Na Pali Coastal Trail in Kauai, Hawaii. The plant is connected to a PlantWave, which is translating data from a plant into notes. The notes are streamed to a phone with the PlantWave app, containing instruments.

Melodies Shift Over Time

Tune into the relationship between the shifts in the music and changes in light and wind. At 12 minutes, you may notice the plant stops producing notes, at which point we engage it with some gentle touch.

Notes on the instruments used in this recording

PlantWave’s app contains collections of instruments we’ve designed for plants to play. We call these instruments Soundsets.

The instruments being played by the plant in this video are part of a Soundset called Celestial Being. This is a versatile and expressive set of instruments including electrical piano, bass, chimes and flute. Musical output can range from more of a drone if a plant is less active to more of a sparkly flourish when more active.

Tips for Listening

When listening with PlantWave, we suggest paying close attention. Ask yourself:

  • What is the tempo or pacing of the notes? Is it playing quickly or more of a drone?
  • Is there silence between the notes or is it a constant stream of music?
  • What’s the range of notes like? Is it playing lower notes or higher notes?
  • How different is what you’re hearing now from what you heard a minute ago or an hour ago? What’s changed?
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