At Cubbon Park, plant music technician Tritone Crisantemo reveals how utilizing a plant to MIDI interface, referred to as Symphony, a plant’s resistance from a leaf to the foundation system is reworked into music.
A crowd gathers round whereas Tritone demonstrates the way it works. “The technology we use enables us to listen to the electrical resistance in the plant. If there is a higher resistance, there is a higher note, if there is a lower resistance there is a lower note. The plant can then choose the note within the human musical system. The device amplifies the vibrations already present in the plant, translating the vibrations into the human musical system, which is a subdivision of all the vibrations present around us all the time.”
MasterPlants live performance
Tritone provides: “Any plant can play music, though it shouldn’t be too dry or dusty. Since we measure the electrical signals within the plant, plants that have more water in their bodies conduct better and so the plants are able to musically express themselves better.”
Bangaloreans can attend a live performance by Masterplants Orchestra, comprising Tritone, multi-instrumentalist Benjamin Andersen and Japanese singer Chiyo Kaiga. Organised by Arun Sivag’s GlobalKulture Organisation, the Bengaluru concert events might be held on February 14 at Taj Vivantha, Yeshwanthpur and on February 16, 10 am onwards at Band Stand in Cubbon Park. MasterPlants Orchestra had earlier carried out in a faculty and at a moderately distinctive venue—Shivajinagar Police Station.
As we’re spellbound listening to the candy music emanating from the crops, Tritone, Benjamin and Chiyo hint the historical past of plant music and of their band. “We are two entities working from Damanhur, one is the sister company called Music of the Plants that produces these devices and the other is our collective, The Masterplants Orchestra, where we are more on the field, pushing the limits of what can be done with the technology, and figuring how to spread awareness on this in the best way possible.” Tracing the historical past of plant music, Tritone says: “In the 1970s in Damanhur (a community in Piemonte Italy) a group of researchers began to develop a technology that could bridge the ancient and intrinsic connection that humanity has to plants, nature and life. Inspired by Damanhurian mythology and by Oberto Airaudi, the founder of Damanhur, the team began to create the technology called Music of the Plants. Throughout the years various iterations of plant music technology has been developed. And in the early 2000’s, the brand Music of the Plants was created.” Tritone mentioned MasterPlants Orchestra was began round three years in the past inside the Damanhur group. “Benjamin started to play with the older devices that could allow one plant to play music. We decided to create better devices that can allow more plants to play music with more complex compositions. In that moment, something lit up in us and everything fell into place.”
Tritone, Benjamin and Chiyo began to create a brand new gadget. They confronted some difficulties. They met a technician in Denmark, Martin Luckmann, who was the primary builder of the Masterplants Symphony gadget.
“Then half a year later we needed some upgrades and so we currently have a lead engineer from Greece, Spiros Makris. We are now working on developing Symphony 2.0, which is a larger device and a more affordable one, because right now plant music technology is somewhat expensive. Symphony 2.0 will allow the plants to not only control the notes, but we are also studying how the plants to control the settings of the device,” Tritone says
Benjamin, who performs the electrical guitar and varied percussion devices in Masterplants, additionally is aware of the way to play the tabla. “I taught myself the tabla for about two years. When I was presented to a master in Varanasi, I played for maybe 10 seconds and he said stop, stop! you have to start all over!…so I learnt the tabla from him and now I play a mix of what I teach myself and what I have learnt from my master.”
Chiyo says she met Tritone and the non secular group of Damanhur. “It is a sacred place and since then my life has been changing, spiritually and emotionally. This is my first visit to India. I consider MasterPlants as a door to the next, higher dimension.”
Talking about a number of the challenges they’ve confronted, Benjamin says: “One thing we did when we made the device was that we enabled the plant to play within the musical system of rhythm. The plants have a rhythmic pattern according to how quickly we measure them. So what we did was to translate that into what is being used in music, beats per minute (bpm). In the older devices, that was just in seconds. But this was not reasonable for musicians so we made it more compatible with human music. We have found different ways of incorporating different scales, ragas, and musical options.” This interspecies live performance additionally raises consciousness on nature. Tritone provides, “We are bridging the gap between humans and nature.”
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