MIDI Sprout

MIDI Sprout is a device that converts natural rhythms of plants into music for home listening. Manufactured by Data Garden, electronics contained in recycled cardboard, limited run of 300, 2016.

Interspecies Collaboration

Data Garden artists invite musicians to improvise with a sonified plant. Past collaborators include Laraaji, King Britt, Christopher Sean Powell, Lichens

Dreaming with Nature

Data Garden’s unique overnight concert of plant-generated music for deep dreaming. Participants are guided into a dream incubation mediation as their sleeping space is filled with the sounds of nature, voice, and synthesized sound; all triggered by the biorhythms of plants. Participants share their dreams and explore common themes upon waking.

Installations & Performances

Personified

Two apples serve as sensors for the participant’s bio-conductivity. Data Garden’s ethereal synthesizer sounds shift in real-time to the user’s energy, producing a spontaneous song of the self. An inquiry into how technology can interface with the pulse of vital energy.

Quartet

A futuristic tropical symphony, Data Garden’s Quartet immerses listeners in the beauty and mystery of plant music. Participants can interact with the plants and perceive the real-time changes in the texture of the music. [more info]

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Plant Music Listening Stations

Connectedness is palpable through this installation of a plant, Data Garden’s MIDI Sprout technology, synthesizer and headphones. Listening to a plant play music, we wonder about the possibilities beyond our ordinary perception.

The Switched-On Garden

An interactive exhibition exploring the relationship between plants, music and technology.

On October 14, 2012 more than 1,200 participants joined us to wander Bartram’s Garden and connect with their natural environment through live music, performance and sculpture that blurred the distinction between biological and digital worlds.

Data Garden: Duet

Musical compositions generated by the electronic impulses produced by two tropical plants. Plants’ data interpreted by humans with the help of computers are employed to organize sound into beauty perceivable by the human ear.

 

Sam Cusumano: Electricity for Progress

Sam Cusumano presents Electricity for Progress, an interactive educational experience in electronics.  Through direct interaction with modified children’s toys and custom circuits, Guests explore and ask questions about the common electronic objects in their world. Understand how your tools work!

King Britt

Philadelphia producer, composer, performer and curator of electronic music explores sound design, noise and ambient.

Spaceship Aloha

Philadelphia producer/composer/percussionist Christopher Sean Powell (Man Man/Need New Body) teams up with Data Garden to bring you the maiden voyage of Spaceship Aloha.

EP RELEASE

+ DJ Ryan Todd

International crate digger and electronic music producer Ryan Todd provides natural grooves on Ginko Tree Hill.

ALBUM RELEASE

Laura Baird, Allen Crawford, Dino Lionetti (Cheap Dinosaurs), and Gretchen Lohse

Theremin, GameBoy and treated viola provide the backdrop for an essay inspired by Bartram’s Garden

Cosmic Morning

Renowned visualist and educator Don Miller presents a special lightshow that revisits the roots of modern VJ culture.

 

Festivals

Data Garden unites an extensive network of artists, healers, thinkers / dreamers / visionaries / new thought pioneers / technologists / innovators to produce digital art festivals along the spectrum of consciousness and technology  / multimedia eco-evolution.

Daytime Programming

Sonified plants bring wonder and new perceptions to kids and adults, alike.

Activating Museum Collections

Data Garden integrates biofeedback technology to create live music generated from visitors’ personal experience of museum collections.

Nightlife

Data Garden networks plants to interface with DJ sets creating an organic and otherworldly interspecies dance experience.

 

Data Garden Quartet

Artist Statement

We all think we know what nature sounds like. It’s birds chirping, wind through trees, thunder echoing through a valley. These are all sounds that come from physical phenomena in nature, producing waves perceivable by the human ear: the need to mate, currents of air and water, static electricity. There are other phenomena in our natural environment, however, that produce information which we cannot perceive through our biological senses.

Digital technology has become a natural extension of our human senses. With it, we are not just gaining the ability to observe new information. We are revealing new patterns of creative expression. These revelations raise questions about our own place in a Universe filled with natural elegance. What is the creative force of the Universe? Is the force that inspires a human to write poetry the same as that which inspires a plant to grow in a particular way? Data Garden explores these ideas and more through QUARTET, an audio installation allowing humans to experience the biorhythms of plants as music.

The musical compositions in QUARTET are generated by the electronic impulses produced by four tropical plants. This information, interpreted by humans with the help of computers, is employed to organize sound into beauty perceivable by the human ear. While the means of producing this beauty can be described in technical terms, the natural creative force generating this experience is less apparent.

Data Garden invites you to experience QUARTET while examining your own views on the source of its creation.

Additional Info

Data Garden QUARTET made its debut at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2012. It has since shown at The Center for Post-Natural History at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as part of VIA Festival; University of Colorado Environmental Center in Boulder, Colorado as part of CMKY Festival; the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada as part of Las Vegas First Friday, SXSW Interactive in Austin Texas, Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton New Jersey and Mack Sennett Studios in Los Angeles, California.

 

Plant Music Listening Meditations

Listening activates awareness. Data Garden seeks to expand sensory perception via technology and support conscious participation with every moment. Learn more at Nature of Now.