The idea behind this project ‘Nature Sings’ is to bring people closer to nature, not only in the countryside but also in the towns where there are trees, plants and green areas that need nurturing and protecting. All too often we take nature for granted, not really appreciating the support she gives us.
Our project will give people the opportunity to feel more connected to their natural environment, to dedicate time in quiet communication with nature while listening to the beautiful notes of the plants themselves.
The music made by the plants, we believe, resonates with the human body in a positive way contributing to health and wellbeing. Listening to these sounds relaxes the mind, soothes the body and inspires the spirit.
How does it work?
The device we use measures small electrical currents across the surface of a plant’s leaf, similar to galvanic skin response in human beings. Galvanic skin response is a change in the electrical resistance of the skin, studies have highlighted the link between GSR signals and several mental states, such as stress, tiredness etc.
The device converts the fluctuations into MIDI notes and controls that can be read by synthesizers.
MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a protocol designed for recording and playing back music on digital synthesizers.
So what does this music tell us about plants? There are no clear answers, but we can say that the music is an expression of their physiological changes, this shows that they are perceptive of their surroundings, possibly even more.
The project will include running workshops in the Italian countryside so participants can experience that quiet wonder when hearing the plants sing.
The plants uplift and inspire.
“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.” Herman Hesse