An instrument that allows plants to express their own unique voice.
Plants perceive sound and love to make music.
Scientists have long known that plant life communicates via pheromones and positioning. The Music of the Plants device from Damanhur (www.damanhur.org) deciphers and records plant impulses and interactions through a device that, when clipped onto a plant’s leaves and roots, reads electrical variations.
These impulses are fed into a MIDI instrument and converted into music in real time, which varies based on the response of the plant to stimuli in the environment.
Plants love to share music making experiences with other plants as well as people and I play flute, chimes or crystal bowls in partnership with them. Some plants, my tobacco plant in particular, sometimes like to repeat short phrases after me.
Plant music can be used in many ways – such as for meditation, relaxation or yoga music. When I make my plant medicines I infuse all my essences with the music of the plant I am working with to honour the plant. It also adds another layer of vibration. Plant music also makes great backing tracks for you to play other instruments with.
I am available to come to your group to demonstrate the plant music and lead a beautiful nature based meditative experience. The instruments can be hooked into a battery so I am able to use them outside.
Plant Music Recordings
These MP3 recordings are very ‘natural’ with only slight editing if necessary to get rid of human noises. Otherwise the sounds you hear are exactly as the plant produced them together with the occasional nature sound.
Sometimes there are gaps in the notes and at times the music can appear a bit off-key but this is part of the beauty of nature untouched.
I find that when a plant starts to sing it attracts birds and bees but the sounds aren’t normally picked up by the recorder because I have it fairly close to the speaker.
There are a range of sounds available through the synthesizer and the plant chooses which sound they want to use to make their music. Sometimes it takes me a little while to pick up which sound the plant wants to use but normally I can get it in the first couple of minutes.
I love listening to all plants sing, especially if it their first time. It is just as glorious to listen to a dandelion as it is to listen to an ancient tree. They all have a voice and something to say. Just like people some are very vocal and belt out their music while others are softer and more subtle.
They are NZD$5 each or 3 for $10 and I am GST registered so I can provide a tax invoice if you would like one.
There is a short sample of each music clip under each one below.
Rimu is a New Zealand native of the Podocarp family. They can grow up to 50m/160ft in height and may live up to 1000 years old.
This particular Rimu is a giant that lives very near to me and I work with him to make plant medicines.
His music is a slower pace than some of the other plant music and the ethereal sounds make it ideal for meditations.
Rimu – MP3 file is 20 mins.
Koromiko – a fast growing NZ native shrub widely used for natural medicines. The dried leaves were sent to soldiers in WWII to help with dysentery.
As I approached and asked her for permission to record I was made aware that she wanted to use the sound of the pan flute to express her music.
Nicely paced, versatile, interesting piece of music.
Koromiko – MP3 file is 20 mins.
Harakeke is the native NZ flax bush and is extensively used for traditional Maori weaving.
The flower stems can grow to an incredible 5m/15 ft in height and attract beautiful song birds like the tui and bellbird.
Harakeke was initially a reluctant singer and it took a little while for her to find her rhythm. After a couple of minutes though she warms up to the experience and seems to enjoy it more.
Harakeke – MP3 file is 20 mins.
Kauri are one of the world’s great trees. The photo here is of Tane Mahuta, the Lord of the Forest in Waipoua Forest, New Zealand.
He is thought to be 2,100 years old and is 52m/170ft high. He is still a young tree and could live for another 2,000 years.
This recording is of the Kauri tree in my own forest. It is very flowing and tranquil.
Once Kauri got started he didn’t want to stop but when the farmer across the gorge started moving his stock he decided that was enough and he abruptly stopped. He could obviously hear the distressed sheep and barking dogs. Great demonstration of plant consciousness!
Kauri – MP3 file is 50 mins.
Dandelion is a favourite of mine and I always mow around them on my lawn. They are the first flower to come out in Spring and the bees love them.
She loved experimenting with her vocal range and looking at the wave pattern of the music I could see that she repeated little riffs.
This is quite a fast paced piece of music and very expressive using the full range of the instrument, although favouring the higher notes.
Dandelion – MP3 file is 18 mins.
It was hard to believe the Chrysanthemum hadn’t sung before this because she was straight into it.
She had been around my other singing plants for a week so it is my feeling that she heard the others and knew what was going to happen.
This recording is quite upbeat and uplifting.
Chrysanthemum – MP3 file is 25 mins.
This is a duet with an echinacea and a jade plant.
Brigid (the echinacea) is a seasoned performer and I always take her to a performance because she is very experienced and doesn’t get stage fright. She helps new plants get started if they are a bit reluctant.
This piece of music is a complex dance where the lead changes often.
A versatile piece it would be suited to meditation, dance or yoga.
Duet – MP3 file is 20mins.
Some Videos of Plant Music
This is a video of the giant Rimu tree that helped me make the Supermoon essences
This next one is a short clip of a 40 minute Plant Music Meditation I held with a Kauri tree and an Echinacea plant playing together. This was the first time the Kauri had performed and when I first connected him to the plant instrument he wouldn’t sing! However, Brigid is a seasoned performer and once she started he joined in and pretty much then took over. The video doesn’t show it but there were 20 people lying on the floor meditating to the plant music. I had offered the meditators some Kauri plant essence to take which facilitated the heart connection with the tree. After we finished nobody wanted to move. It was deeply relaxing and very profound for many people as it was the first time they had met plants at a spiritual level.
This video shows me playing the chimes together with my tobacco plant Semah. I start with sounding the crystal bowl which is tuned to the heart chakra. If you listen carefully you can hear Semah repeat the first 4 notes I play on the chimes. I tried to get him to repeat it but he didn’t want to. The saying that you should never work with animals or children could be extended to include plants!
This is a video with Semah, my friend’s Dracaena plant called Dreamer and me playing the chimes.