15th October 2021 Dr Beena
Hello everyone, it is time for the next musing😊. The above painting is the avenue of Spanish chestnut trees in Herstmonceux, near Hailsham, in East Sussex. Herst means a clearing in the forest. In the 1200s, a lady Idonea de Herste married a nobleman Monceux and named the manor Herst of the Monceux. I drew this painting from a photograph posted by Margot in the art tutorial by Paul Clark. Of course, it shows my little girls and me taking a stroll in the gardens.
Let us delve into the history of this castle which is pronounced (Herst-mom-zoo) 😊. It was built in 1441 and owned by the Fiennes family for a century till our infamous King Henry VIII set eyes on it. He did this by implicating Lord Dacre for the murder of the gamekeeper☹. A quick way to take over this castle😊.
Anyway, imagine what those ancient trees in the painting would reveal if we knew how to interpret their songs😊. Those gnarled trees are more than 350 years old and witnessed quite a history. Recently, Nyuk sent me a post about plant technology. Let me share that with you here.
In 2011, Joe Patitucci and Alex Tyson founded Data Garden as a zero-waste record label. In 2011 and 2012, they produced The Switched-On Garden. It is an interactive exhibition exploring the connection between plants, music and technology. Their work led to more collaboration with other like-minded people. They even discovered that the plants could sing based on your moods. King Henry would have aborted his plans if he knew this😊😉. Imagine a world filled with music by plants? Do you think we could tolerate that?
Joe and Alex with Cusumano came up with a MIDI Sprout app for iOS. It is a sound engine allowing people with MIDI Sprout hardware to listen to plants play harmonious sounds designed by Data Garden’s team of artists. Imagine how technology has connected us back to nature. Hence, when you are in a park or strolling past an old gnarled tree, remember to send out positive vibes. The trees would love you for that😊.
I hope you enjoyed this little history of the castle and trees and some new information on tree singing. Till the next time, bye for now😊.