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article imagePlant orchestra — The singing plants of Damanhur explained

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By Anne Sewell
Apr 15, 2012 in Environment
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Since 1975 researchers at Damanhur have been experimenting with plants, measuring the reactivity of plants to their environment and their capacity to learn and communicate.
Recently Digital Journal reported on the singing plants of Damanhur Eco-Society, which included a video of the music made by these plants.
The following is more information about the research they have done and the results achieved.
Researchers use devices which they have created to measure the re-activity of the plants to their environment. The devices judge the plants' capacity to learn and communicate.
Using a simple principle, the researchers used a variation of the Wheatstone bridge. This device has 3 fixed resistances and 1 variable one. Electrical differences between the leaves and the roots of the plant are measured. These differences can then be translated into a variety of effects, including music, turning on lights, movement and many others.
There is no danger to the plants as the researchers use very low intensity electrical currents.
Researchers state that every living creature whether animal or plant, produces variations of electrical potential, depending on the emotions being experienced at the time. The plants have the most sensitive variations when they signal the arrival of the person who cares for them, when being watered, when spoken to, during the creation of music, etc.
Sensations felt within the plant induce a physiological reaction, which then expresses itself in electrical, conductive and resistance variations. These variations can be translated in different ways, including into musical scales. The experiments have shown that plants definitely appear to enjoy learning to use musical scales and also making their own music with the use of a synthesizer.
Musical concert of the singing plants.
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Musical concert of the singing plants.
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While at present there are no exhaustive international scientific studies defining the physiology of this phenomenon, the research is focused on deepening the relationship between plants and people and thus involves the experiences outlined above.
Therefore the researches do not define their work as scientific, even if it is valid and interesting.
Damanhur have given demonstrations in public parks and schools and have also held concerts in the woods. There are also CD's of the Music of the Plants available for purchase.
In the video above, other researchers in the field, Anders Lauge Meldgaard & Christina Shirley, explain the phenomenon, and mention how if you talk to your plants nicely, they tend to grow well. If you talk angrily to the plants, the opposite is the case, so there does seem to be a lot to these theories.
Video: Concert - Music of the Plants:
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