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Peter CoatesBy Peter Coates
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Peter CoatesBy Peter Coates
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The Experience

Listening to a plant “play” or "sing" live is both magical and captivating. Imagine an ensemble of plants, either on a stage, or out in the natural environment, accompanied by live musicians on a variety of instruments, creating a unique musical installation that flows directly from the green world surrounding us. To my knowledge, this will be the first endeavor of this kind and scale.

I first became aware of the possibility of harvesting the music of the plants in late summer 2016. My first and immediate response was that I needed to learn more about that! The idea of making music with tunes that had originally been created by plants was irresistible. I made 2 CDs: “In A Garden Of Sounds”, an eight piece work including the sounds of moss, orchids, succulents, geraniums, amongst others; and an hour long piece using the sounds of a Night Blooming Cereus plant, that is being used by healers, yoga practitioners and for meditation.

In a Garden of Sounds CD
In a Garden of Sounds CD

 

 

Creating the music in collaboration with the plants encouraged me to learn about the remarkable work being done into Plant Consciousness. It opened my eyes to a world I knew very little about and made me look at the green world, that perhaps we often take for granted, in an entirely new light.

The Vision

My own musical training with the koto in Japan, as well as my fascination with synthesizers and generative music has motivated me to create a plant and human ensemble that will share the magic of the experience with audiences of all ages. It is my hope to create immersive musical events that will transport an audience beyond the humdrum and enable them to tune out some of the pervasive noise of the world and focus on quieter, more harmonious sounds. Through the understanding that the music they are listening to stems in part directly from our green cousins, the audience will be encouraged to forge deeper connections with the natural world.

My dream for the future of The Green Ensemble is far-reaching. With your help, I want to take the experience into schools, hospitals and hospices. With the right technology the experience can be created almost anywhere: not only in conventional performance spaces, but also on beaches, in city parks, by mountain lakes and in deserts. 

The Purpose

We live in a world where our connections to ourselves, each other and the natural world around us are often distorted and under enormous pressure.  The aim of The Green Ensemble is to create a unique musical space, whether for a public audience or for listeners in their own homes, to reconnect on a deeper level with themselves and the world around them. 

We communicate energetically with the world every minute of every day but that communication can often unknowingly be centered around fears and concerns.  With The Green Ensemble, the magic of the musical connection is experienced at the heart level thereby spreading the power of healing through music further out into the world.

The Process

As I mentioned in the introductory video, we use specialized recorders that harvest the electrical impulses that the plants emit. Microphones on pads are attached to the leaves of a plant or tree and the frequencies transcribed into musical notes through the use of MIDI (musical instrument digital interface).

Using a variety of software instruments and processes I arrange the melodies into compositions, interpreting the information in an impressionistic way. Importantly though, I do not actually play anything. The notes come entirely from the plants.

The Initial Funding will provide equipment to create the experience: The plant synthesizers, a PA system, microphones, a small mixer, and pay for the studio time required for making a new CD and the CDs themselves.

Orchid with mics attached
Orchid with mics attached

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Risks and challenges

Any ambitious and innovative project of this type faces certain challenges in bringing it to its full fruition. There is some new technology involved, the potential of which I believe we are only beginning to scratch the surface of. I am fortunate in knowing people whose technical expertise outstrips my own and who are very excited about The Green Ensemble, and who I know I can turn to for advice when needed.
What I am in no doubt of, however, is the appeal of the project. There are already several venues who are eager to host an event. There are also other musicians and artists, as well as conservationists and people working on environmental projects who are ready to collaborate.

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    Tell Me Your Favorite Plant

    Choose your favorite plant or flower - one that I can find fairly easily, please - and I will make you a 30 minute piece of music using it, accompanied by the koto and photos of the recording process. This may be seasonally dependent. Available as high quality digital audio on USB or CD of preferred. Plus all the above.

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    Bespoke Composition

    If you live within a 200 mile radius of New Paltz, NY, I will come to your home and record your favorite plant. We can record the process if you wish. I will create a 30 minute composition with this, accompanied by the koto. Available as a high quality digital download or CD if preferred. Plus the above. (If you live further away but would still like this reward, perhaps we can discuss travel expenses....)

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