You knew that with all this talk of plant-generated music, someone would try this – electrical signals generated by cannabis plants transformed live into sweet ambient music.
The album is the work of artist Joe Patitucci, whose work we’ve covered separately, including MIDI Sprout and PlantWave, who created consumer and end-user tools from the notion of working with electrical signals. Plant. For his part, he has been making installations and others since 2012, and has set up a record company with albums to plant. I recently wrote about this work among other artists working with plants in various forms (with many additions as readers responded).
Perhaps the most interesting detail here is that it was somehow censored. Along with the announcement, we learn:
The album is currently held by Tunecore for its “explicit” nature even though there are no references to drug use, violence, etc. Sorting out this issue will determine when it hits the Apple Store, Spotify, Google Play, etc. in itself, is an interesting story…
Either way, it’s actually a bit unusual for Joe to turn something into an album, as he claims to prefer live, generative renditions. But it’s soothing and charming – great for softening you up, even just musically. (Cough, TuneCore. Sheesh.)
All the details:
These recordings were made by translating live data from a cannabis plant into 420hz music using a PlantWave. All notes for each instrument were generated by translating the wave of a plant into pitch. There is nothing pre-recorded. This was created live, on the fly, with some slight manipulation of the textural qualities of the lead instrument that I did in response to what I was hearing from the plant.
The original recording was made with upscaling on the PlantWave set to G# (415hz). The recording was then tuned down to 420Hz as part of the mixing process.
Tracks 1-4 are short edits of my personal favorite melodies that emerged from this factory collaboration process. Track 5 is a document of the complete recording session.
Special thanks to Old Pal Provisions for inviting me to record this album at Ladybug Farms in Royal Oaks, CA.
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