DATA GARDEN QUARTET – LIVE AT THE PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART

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Data Garden presents a live exhibition recording of Quartet, the first plant-generated audio composition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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FOUR TRACKS, 116 MINUTES OF PLANT GENERATED MUSIC

01 Intro (02:15)
02 4/14 (56:41)
03 4/15 (55:48)
04 Credits (00:53)

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ABOUT QUARTET

The musical compositions on Quartet were generated by four living tropical plants.



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 on Quartet were 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.

PRODUCTION NOTES

Recorded live on April 13, 14 and 15 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art


Artists & Plants

Alex Tyson, production & graphics
Joe Patitucci, sound design
Jessica Hans, ceramics
Sam Cusumano, electronics

Philodendron, lead synthesizer
Schefflera 1, rhythm tone generator
Schefflera 2, bass synthesizer
Snake plant, effects


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View installation photographs from Quartet on Flickr
Interview with Data Garden on THE CREATORS PROJECT

Filed under releases on 01-05-12 by alex

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