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MIDI Sprout: Now You Can Create Music From Plants — Shocklee Entertainment Universe ● The Future Frequency

MIDI Sprout: Now You Can Create Music From Plants

shockleewebpic_midisproutThe Sonification of Plants is here. MIDI Sprout is a biorhythm to MIDI converter that will allow you to create music from your houseplants via the power of biofeedback. So basically, this unit will allow you to collect data from your plants or even your own body and convert these readings into MIDI which means that now you can get some inspiration from your green friends.

Here’s how it works:

Each MIDI Sprout comes with two probes that send out a small electrical charge from a battery. Attached to a leaf, they measure the plant’s resistance to this current. When applied to a human this is called the galvanic skin response (GSR). GSR readings provide insight into humans’ inner emotional states and are the basis of simple lie detector circuits.

The MIDI Sprout converts these fluctuations into MIDI notes and controls that can be read by synthesizers and computers. This information can be scaled and played through synthesizers or used to activate pre-programmed sonic environments.

MIDI Sprout is being Kickstarted by Data Garden, a collective out of Philadelphia. Find out more about their project on Kickstarter and listen to some of the sounds they created from plants live at their installation at The Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2013.

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