MATRIXSYNTH: Data Garden Announces Release of PlantWave: A Device That Lets Plants Sing

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Data Garden Announces Release of PlantWave: A Device That Lets Plants Sing

From the creators of MIDI Sprout.

"Data Garden is launching PlantWave, a consumer device that allows plants to play music in real time from phones, tablets, and computers. Having establishing itself as a leader at the intersection of plants, music, and technology, Data Garden’s new hardware allows people to pair their plants to mobile devices via Bluetooth and listen to them produce music in real time. “We’re really excited to offer this new product. We’ve received so much feedback from our users about what they’d like to see and we’re happy to deliver it all in one package as PlantWave,” says Jon Shapiro, CTO.

The Kickstarter launches on Tuesday September 24th. “We’re so inspired by the talent of our community of users and we’re excited to provide a platform for them to explore and share the potential of this technology through public art,” explains Joe Patitucci, Founder and COO

The goal for the Kickstarter is $100k. Users can pre-order PlantWave for $220 as well as donate to the cause for a plethora of interesting rewards that range from boutique products to in-person experiences in LA.

Since 2011, Data Garden has reached thousands of nature enthusiasts and trendy lifestyle hobbyists. Through their first hardware product, MIDI Sprout, they formed a passionate community centered around listening to plants. PlantWave incorporates user feedback and update requests into a simple, easy to use product that runs on iOS and Android devices. The mechanics of the device are simple. Two sensors monitor the fluctuations of electrical conductivity of a plant’s leaf. PlantWave then translates these fluctuations into digital messages that control instruments in a mobile app.

Website (Will re-direct to Kickstarter page on September 24th):"


"We all think we know what nature sounds like. It’s birds chirping, wind through trees, thunder echoing through the 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.

The course of human history has been moving towards advanced technology which enhances our ability to observe the world beyond these senses. As stone tools were a way for us to expand our physical strength, electronic tools expand our ability to perceive in real-time.

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?

The musical compositions you are about to listen to are being generated by the electronic impulses produced by four tropical plants. This data, interpreted by humans with the help of computers, has been 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.

We invite you to explore Data Garden: Quartet while examining your own views on the source of its creation.
released May 1, 2012

Joe Patitucci (Tadoma): sound design, editing
Sam Cusumano: electronics / engineer
Alex Tyson: sound design and editing on intro, graphic design

Philodendron plant: Lead synthesizer
Schefflera plant #1: Rhythm Tone Generator
Schefflera plant #2: Bass synthesizer
Snake Plant: Ambience and effects"

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