I just obtained something I’ve waited 20 years for: a “music of the plants” device that allows plants to compose and play music. Here is a video of the first time a potted pothos plant learns to compose and play music on the Bamboo device.
Prototype debut June 2000
In June 2000, I attended a consciousness conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I witnessed one of the most amazing things I’ve seen in all my travels around the world–a plant composing and playing music. Back in those early days of the internet, more than 20 years ago, I posted my report on the conference on my website, since at that time there were no such things as blogs. A Report on the Second Annual International Conference on Science and Consciousness can still be viewed in its entirety right where I originally posted it on my site. Here is a photograph I took of that world premiere concert of music composed and played by a plant for an international audience, which I explain in these excerpts from my report:
The evening Steven Halpern concert was truly amazing, because Steven had a very special guest performer – a potted plant! A philodendron was hooked up to a MIDI and synthesizer with two alligator clipped wires, and it proceeded to play a beautiful, complex piece of very unique music. The philodendron’s song started off sounding a little bit sleepy, then gradually picked up tempo and proceeded to play a song unlike anything I’ve ever heard humans play! It was exquisite, and soothing, and fresh. The notes would rise and sustain on high notes that sounded something like someone playing a rising scale on a xylophone … then it would be quiet.
Next, a melody would begin with lower notes and a chord would hang suspended and sustained as notes rose slowly … bringing to my mind the vision of water flowing down gently from a plant’s leaves into the soil after a rain. I almost felt like I could smell the fresh air of the outdoors in this very large conference room! Halpern explained that some people from Damanhur in Italy had created the technology which allows any plant to “sing,” provided the plant is awake and willing to participate.
Steven Halpern played a very moving piece of music he’d written on the piano, called “Spectrum Suite,” which focuses energy of each of the seven chakras and brings people to very deep alpha and theta states of consciousness. He played this piece after having played a couple of other short songs on the hotel’s piano … and then noticed that the piano was out of tune. Halpern asked for the audience’s assistance to intend for the piano to come into tune – which it did for the exquisite “Spectrum Suite” song! This song is perfect for anyone who wishes to help people learn to meditate, or who works with people in a healing capacity, as the music is extremely energizing and relaxing.
Halpern checked on the philodendron again, to find out if it wished to perform another song for us, and it did! This grand finale was a bright and cheery song, which was very different from the first song … it reminded me of a fond memory of watching the rising sun! The notes rose at the same speed that the sun rises on the horizon, and I could imagine the sun coming up with the first rays of light shining down as the notes “warmed up”… and also became more frequent. This song was a radiant expression of unlimited love rising anew! I listened with my eyes shut, and could visualize as the sun had fully cleared the horizon how the notes quieted a bit and softened … and the song came to an end.
2007 Damanhur visit
When I visited the Federation of Damanhur in June 2007, I was fascinated to learn how its underground Temples of Humankind are built on one of only two places on Earth where there is a convergence of four synchronic lines. The Damanhurian concept of synchronic lines is based on the idea that these energy lines are capable of modifying events and transmitting ideas, thoughts and feelings in ways that shift reality. Great care is taken in the Damanhur community to ensure the transmission of peaceful and positive thoughts and energies throughout the Earth. I was favorably impressed by the energy I felt at Damanhur, particularly in one of the underground chambers where the energy lines converged most noticably. These rooms are viewable and open to the public during scheduled tours, and I felt very fortunate to experience the healing intent of these special chambers in a very small group. I could sense the resonance from the converging energy lines, and made use of this special opportunity to focus my intentions to help ensure the very best possible future for everyone on Earth.
Since my visit to Damanhur, I have heard reports of a room where potted plants are given the ability to move themselves around the room on wheeled plant stands. These plants also have been the ability to adjust window shades, and water themselves. Perhaps most notably, these plants have also been given control over the lock on the door to their room, such that they can permit or deny access and entrance to humans as they wish (such as if people knocking at the door have arrived in an angry mood).
Music of the Plants
In March 2021, I was delighted to order and receive my Music of the Plants device! I had enjoyed playing with a friend’s prototype device several years ago, which was a wonderful experience, so I was already familiar with the way it is possible to work with various controls and settings for different types of sounds and effects.
This new “Bamboo” device is portable, easy-to-operate, elegant, quick to charge, and a joy to use. I first connected it to my ficus tree, which is the ‘pet’ and family member I’ve lived longest with in my life. The ficus immediately began composing and playing music, as if this was something it’s always done. I hooked up the device to several other potted plants, noting most of them took a few minutes to gain a sense of how they were creating music. One pothos plant created music for hours that had a beautiful healing quality, with a deeply peaceful and harmonious vibe. I’ve enjoyed listening to the strawberry plants in my garden, as well as some ginger plants, and look forward to enjoying music with many plants in my home and garden.
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