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September 22, 2014 AT 2:00 am

Mélodie Fenez Makes Music Using the Secret Sounds of Plants #musicmonday

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Vice interviewed French artist Melodie Fenez on the science and method behind her music project, in which she captures the sounds of plants using a hacked children’s toy as an interface:

Fenez began by poking the naked ends of wires into the leaves of the plants that fill her apartment. Then she handed me a pair of headphones with a cord snaking back to a control panel beneath her fingers. The panel itself was a modified children’s toy covered in pictures of farm animals. It used to make barnyard sounds, before Fenez hacked it into an interface between her and the plants. With a deft hand, she began to play the children’s toy. Otherworldly clicks, whistles, and wails filled my ears.

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