Dear plantito/plantita, there's actually more to your plant than an aesthetically-pleasing house ornament or a quarantine sense of relief. After years of development and iterations, this device uses patented technology that can translate plants' biorhythms into music.

/ 7 October 2020

There’s two things extremely popular these days: music and plants. Plant Parents (locally known in the trending world as plantitos and plantitas) are finding comfort in collecting plants, tending to them as a way to distract or put energy into something (with a promise of life) especially in this pandemic situation—and it has been scientifically proven to do wonders to our well-being.

The growing plant community has allowed people to cope with anxiety that looms in, as heightened during this quarantine period. As it helps relax and ease the mind, you can take it a little bit further by turning plants’ biorhythms into music. You heard that right, your plants can become artists of their own and maybe you’ll find a new layer of comfort with the music it brings.

A device called PlantWave was made by design team  Data Garden, making use of patented technology that can translate plants’ biorhythms into notes that form cool, ambient tones. You can then listen to these musical tones and even broadcast to your friends through its free app. The device, which was announced to be shipped to its pre-order customers this month, utilizes sensors that sit on a plant’s leaf and connect to a phone, tablet, or laptop via Bluetooth to bring botanical music to anyone with interest in plants.

More than the novelty and the innovation, PlantWave’s primary mission with plant music is to foster and heighten an awareness of plants as living organisms—and with it, a commentary with our connection to nature. This brings us into a deeper conversation that defies plants not just as passive observers, but as living participants in our world that respond to touch and music and even help create it. A response to an energy beyond human perception. More importantly, it has been said time and again, that especially in an age of anxiety people have been led deepen a relationship with nature.

Interestingly, last June, a six-minute conceptual performance was mounted and released online to make a reflection about nature and show how, in actuality, they have reclaimed space from humans during the pandemic. The said concert was streamed online and the plants were donated to healthcare professionals.

With all of these said, the next time you show off your monstera or your snake plant online, think about what kind of musical masterpiece they can produce.