Sonobotanic

by Guto Nóbrega, Eduardo Coutinho
September 7, 2016, 1:15 pm

Plants are very sensitive beings able to respond to environmental variations such as light, temperature, humidity, as well to human interaction, but often in ways not perceivable by humans. Sonobotanic is a poetic investigation of a plant’s internal life through sound design. We measured the galvanic response and the amount of live received by a Jiboia (Epipremnum pinnatum) during 24 hours. This data was then used to control various sound synthesis algorithms with the aim of reflecting the amount of physiological activity of the plant, as well as the dynamics of the environment, at each moment of the day. We also recorded a video of the plant at 1 frame per second which was then accelerated in order to create a time-lapse video that reveals the plant’s movement throughout the day. Sound and video were then synchronized. Sonobotanic is the result of the collaboration between Dr. Guto Nóbrega and his research team (Hend Karime and Caio Cesar) at the Nucleus of Art and New Organisms (NANO, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), and Dr. Eduardo Coutinho (Department of Music, University of Liverpool). This work was premiered in during the Science Night at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco on the 9th of May 2013.

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