Plants speak to me, but not in the same way as they speak to Mamoru Fujieda. “In our daily lives, plants appear to remain silent. Are they not in fact trying to say something to us? I once wondered if it was possible to hear what they are trying to say. Then I found that an apparatus called a Plantron enables us to do so. The Plantron picks
up from the surface of leaves the bioelectric fluctuations in the plant, which are then analyzed and converted to digital sonic data by a computer. Thus this device enables us to hear the plants’ daily activities, which are constantly changing and can be considered as their ‘voices.’
“I extracted a variety of melodies from the sonic data of plants’ bioelectric fluctuations, which are, as it were, traces of their daily lives. Then I bundled some of them as a pattern. Each collect of Patterns of Plants consists of four sets of these patterns.
The ‘voices of plants’ are reproduced in the melodies of these pieces. In Patterns of Plants, the melodies weave together in the variation style of the ornamental Baroque fashion, or in the ind of pattern chains often found in Celtic music. I think we might be able to get in touch with something of plants’ breathing by playing these melodies.”
I was extremely lucky on Thursday, February 25th to visit the Noguchi Museum in Long Island to hear Sarah Cahill perform Mamoru Fujieda’s Patterns of Plants. She will be playing Patterns of Plants throughout the day, until February 28th.