Música para plantas

Fundación Ortega MuñozAyN

Hay un puñado de artistas que escriben y graban música con plantas en mente. Algunos de ellos abordan sus composiciones con frecuencias particulares en mente (supuestamente para ayudar en el crecimiento de las plantas), mientras que otros solo imaginan lo que sus plantas podrían disfrutar.

Morgan Rosskopf

Morgan Rosskopf has been working with plants for most of her life. She began at 16 and, aside from the years she spent getting her MFA in art, she’s worked with them ever since. “I love plants because they have no ego,” she says. “They have no baggage and live a simple life. They are mostly self-sufficient. I find these qualities deeply inspiring. I want to learn these lessons from the plants as I take care of them.”

Brendan Wells

If you imagined the sounds of photosynthesis, you might wind up with something similar to the hypnotic synthesizer compositions on Minneapolis-based musician Brendan Wells’s Music For People & Their Plants Volume 1.

[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=2360702255 size=small bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5]


Katie Shlon

The improvised sounds on Play Some Songs to Make the Plants Grow are inspired as much by the natural world as they are a response to it. They’re culled from a three-week road trip in 2015 that found Shlon—then a recent Art Institute of Chicago graduate working with a grant she’d earned from the University—visiting artist-built environments in the American West.

[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=1722209376 size=small bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5]


B. Ashra

Bert Olke moved from his native Northern Germany to Berlin in 1987 and spent his 20s playing industrial music but growing increasingly enchanted with electronic artists. He found techno in the early ‘90s, and “lived it,” he says, then discovered the ambient house music that was gaining popularity as a calming offshoot of more dance-minded electronic music. “I stayed more and more often in the Ambient Chill Out Rooms, and was musically very inspired there,” he says.

[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=3550535461 size=small bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5]


Jan Grünfeld

German composer Jan Grünfeld recorded Music For Plants in three days, “on the huge balcony of an old villa in the middle of an English landscape park on the German-Polish border.” He improvised the music as it came to him, using mostly a loop pedal, an electric guitar, and an electronic bow. Bird sounds occasionally flare up in the background, but these songs are actually quite tense and cinematic. Grünfeld hasn’t played this music for humans, he says. “It is only for the patient plants.”

[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=694837936 size=small bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5]


David Edren

Inspired by Mort Garson and library music pioneer Roger Roger, Belgian composer David Edran writes that he tested his compositions on plants he was growing. “After the codario was already grown quite a bit, I started placing a little speaker next to it and play it gentle electronic sounds. The littlest leaves would start twitching and turning right after these waves of sound would come out of the speaker,” he writes. “As for the mimosa pudica, it was rather obvious from the beginning this was a very sensitive being…” The genuine affection Edren feels for his plant audience is reflected in the album’s songs, which are largely adventurous and playful electronic lullabies.

[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=1472170119 size=small bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5]


Source Vibrations

Source Vibrations is Asa Idoni, a Colorado-based composer, sound engineer, and mystic. Idoni is the prolific musician behind dozens of collections, most of which are in the realm of meditation or sonic healing. According to the Source Vibrations website, “Asa transcribes natural structures like colors, archetypes, and geometries into melodic patterns and harmonies, encoding them into sound.” Vibrational Growth for Plants, which sounds a little like a haunted rainforest to human ears, was created to assist plants with nutrient absorption.

[bandcamp width=100% height=42 track=2054035382 size=small bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5]


Data Garden

The title may make this album sound like a pretty standard jazz show, but the players here are what make the album really special. That’s Philodendron on lead synths, two Schefflera plants holding down the rhythm section, and a Snake Plant performing the ambient sounds and effects. The idea of four plants’ electrical impulses playing a “live” concert (with the aid of human-computer programmers, of course) makes this two-hour, avant-garde electronic music the reverse of most plant music: It’s the music plants make for humans. It’s also hypnotic and transfixing. The fascinating Data Garden label is often at the forefront of human/plant relations. Case in point: If you plant and water their physical releases, they’ll grow!

[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=85926026 size=small bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5]


-Casey Jarman
-Illustrations by Maria Chimishkyan

Texto original y audio: Bandcamp daily