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Nature has positive vibrations

"Every particle eternally sings its song."
Fritjof Capra, Austrian Physicist

Physics tells us that matter is in a constant state of movement and vibration, never immobile; even stones have energy that vibrates, albeit at very low frequencies, so they produce a sound.

Musicians have tried to translate the beauty of nature into music for centuries. Vivaldi wrote The Four Seasons and a concerto dedicated to the goldfinch, Beethoven expressed his wonder at nature with his Pastoral Symphony, and Messiaen, Debussy and many other contemporary composers have endeavoured to translate natural landscapes and the systems of the animal and plant kingdoms into music.

Plants Play is the first technological device that is able to convert the vibrations of nature into music: two sensors placed onto leaves, a stem or a trunk detect the electrical impulses from the plants and convert them into musical notes, reproducing them instantly in the "Plants Play" app.
We could think of it as an alternative, more genuine version of ambient music, where the gentle, inspirational sounds of the environment around us are translated into acoustic harmony, in order to create a special connection between human biorhythm and the rhythm of nature.

This way, the plant becomes the composer, and the technology, Plants Play, the performer.
Acting as conductor is Dario Faini.

A pianist, composer, producer and writer of many Italian pop songs - including for Fabri Fibra, Thegiornalisti, Levante, Max Gazzé, Giusy Ferreri - he has brought to life a project that combines the tradition of minimalist classical piano with cutting-edge electronic music in an entirely original way, playing under the pseudonym Dardust.
Dardust (the name is a tribute to Ziggy Stardust, David Bowie's alter ego, and the duo The Dust Brothers, who became famous as The Chemical Brothers) has coordinated the voices of nature, interpreted a message and composed a symphony: from the Greek sun "with, together" and phōnía "-phony, sound". 

In 2020, he released S.A.D. Storm and Drugs, the third performance album in a trilogy of instrumental discs (7 and Birth were the first two). The name is a play on the well-known German cultural movement, and, indeed, the two acts of the performance reproduce the original concepts of Sturm und Drang (storm and stress).
The audience is encouraged to stay still in contemplation for the first act: the "storm" arrives with captivating minimalism, and the crescendo is created through gradual sonorous and visual changes that depict wind, rain, lightning and thunder. The descending climax and the return to calm take the listeners on a real sensory journey, and in this act they are invited to stand up and move as they desire, to react to the unsettling tranquillity that represents the inclement weather.

A performance in which man and nature coexist, in complementary emotional and physical states: from threat, to outburst, to the dying down of the storm, or the torment.

Duality is from the same year. The album was recorded by the sea, and the music unites and merges the sounds of the earth and the water. Duality represents the two hemispheres of life: right and left, black and white, electronic - which symbolises the rational part of our brain - and piano - which expresses pure emotion. 
But it is with The Blooming Symphony that Dario best expresses the connection between man and nature. A sensory experience in which nature and technology coexist and experiment with a symbiosis that enhances both, creating art from pure energy.

At Santa Tecla Fort, in Sanremo, at an event as part of the 2023 Festival, Dardust performed nature.
The Blooming Symphony, thanks to Plants Play, played tracks created from the electrical impulses emitted by plants and flowers.

As I said, the plant is the composer and the technology the performer. The conductor: Dario Faini.

The spectacular, emotional execution expresses the triumph of the ultimate connection between man and nature, technology and energy. From vibration to vibration, music is a relationship.

In the most abstract art form, this relationship presents the possibility of a collaboration with no limits in terms of action and content, with reciprocal respect for both parties.

When playing, everyone has their own specific role in the success of the piece: nobody is the leader; everyone is fundamental. Here, nature and man are engaged in a sonorous dialogue that exists only in relation to the other's contribution. When making music, respect is an attitude that develops spontaneously.

From this deep, reciprocal respect, which involves abilities and weaknesses, comes the stronger concept of kindness, which teaches us not to be selfish, and to put ourselves at the service of a higher purpose; the purpose, in this case, is the success of the piece.

It is only when we genuinely listen, when we tune in to the rest of the world to collect and open ourselves up to emotions and vibrations, that we truly enter into contact with ourselves and what is around us, in the most helpful, kind way that exists: in balance and harmony.


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