HARMONICA BOTANICA part of the LUX exhibition for National Trust at Cragside House, Rothbury, England. Taster video.
Electrodes clipped to the roots and leaves of a Laurel plant measure changes in resistance as the plant grows. The data is turned into MIDI and triggers samples of music boxes and gongs tuned to a mixolydian mode.The music produced varies constantly depending on atmospheric conditions, temperature and the time of day.
A dome speaker reflects the music back to the plant. A travel chest houses the control equipment and a sub-woofer.
Can the plant learn to control the music it produces? Using the award winning Music of the Plants technology as seen at the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show.
LUX was open from 10 June - 2 November 2014. Details at nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside/things-to-see-and-do/article-1355840449162/. It was also installed at NT Wray Castle in Cumbria in 2015. The installation is now available to hire for short or long term installations. Contact email@example.com