Over time we’ve lost our connection to the outdoors. One of the reasons is our advancement in technology and living in a more industrial world. Urban environments are full of noises that are constant, annoying and many times affect our hearing and health. Noise pollution is something we hardly hear or think about and it’s directly correlated to other forms of pollution like air pollution.
Think about it, what sounds do you find pleasing? Which sounds do you find annoying? What would you identify as noise? How much time do you spend outdoors? When is the last time you hugged a tree or kissed a flower? Much research has been to show us the benefits of spending time outdoors and “shinrin yoku” or “forest bathing” shows that the benefits amplify when you immerse yourself with your full presence using all your senses.
People in the city now can reconnect with plants in a way that’s unimaginable. We now “hear the music of the plants” around us. Here you have a short example of the beautiful song voice of Moringa using bio feedback and synthesized amplification. Plant music has used in meditations, for yoga classes and even in research for health benefits. It’s a new way for us develop a deeper connection and “communication” with the plant world.
This recording is of an 8 year old Moringa plant found at WorldBeat Center’s Ethnobotany Community Science Garden. It’s part of a research project on noise pollution co-created with Community-based Organizations from across the country and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and funded by the National Science Foundation.