Mother Earth’s Plantasia by Sacred Bones
Next in upcoming vinyl releases, a reissue of a bizarre and coveted album that has achieved cult status among some vinyl collectors and is due out this summer. The album was originally released in 1976 by Mort Garson, a Canadian born pioneer of electronic music and lover of synth who created this album for plants. The cover features the artwork of Robert Beatty, an American born artists known most recently for his work designing album covers “…including Burning Star Core’s Challenger, Tame Impala’s Currents, and Kesha’s Rainbow.”(Wiki) This albums’ unique perspective begs the question, does sound affect plant growth?
Music For Plants
According to the albums’ subtitle it was created as “warm earth music for plants…and the people who love them,” and will be released on green and black vinyl.
As you can imagine this album was not so well-loved from the outset. Created originally to promote a LA plant shop and in partnership with Sears, who distributed the records concurrent with Simmons mattress purchases. Over time it’s kitchy appeal has had this album selling for upwards of $300 and sparked the reissue due out June 21, 2019.
Does it work?
I remember a teacher who told me in elementary school that talking to plants would help them grow. Something about the vibrations in our voices. The short answer to the question does sound affect plant growth, is yes, it absolutely does. If you have plants and play music for them, their cell division increases at certain wavelengths (check out this article from Science Direct for more info) so if you are an avid plant lover, why not grab your decibel meter and pick up an album just for them?
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