Since the 1970s, Damanhur—a resilient Federation of Communities with its own constitution, culture, art, music, currency, schools and uses of science and technology (—has been researching communication with the plant world. As part of this research, they created instruments that are able to capture the electromagnetic variations of the surface of plant leaves and their root systems, and turn them into sounds and movement.

Scientists have long known that plant life communicates via pheromones and positioning. Music of the Plants has pushed this even further, deciphering and recording plant impulses and interactions through the development of a device that, when clipped onto a plant’s leaves and roots, reads electrical variations. These in turn 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. Extensive research continues today as we become increasingly conscious of the innate ability of nature to communicate with us if we have the tools to listen.

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