Re: Fw: BBC E-mail: Flower power turns up the volume


Subject: Re: Fw: BBC E-mail: Flower power turns up the volume
From: Dennis Bathory-Kitsz (bathory@maltedmedia.com)
Date: Wed Sep 15 2004 - 21:33:50 EDT


At 06:13 PM 9/15/04 -0600, macCormac wrote:
>can you 'say' / write more o th 'Rose Organ' 1973 . . .

They were live roses, with a light-sensitive oscillator embedded into each
one. Each oscillator was tuned to a different range. Full light turned them
off, so as someone passed by in the room, a spray of tones would play
through the small speaker coils glued to paper cups.

The Rose Organ was designed for the opening hallway of a two-day multimedia
event in Trenton, New Jersey, in 1973, created by the post-Fluxus arts
cooperative Trans/Media. The roses lasted both days, and then I took them
home and lived with them until they wilted. It was very fragrant sound!

A similar circuit was used in the Candleharp (27th image down on
http://maltedmedia.com/people/bathory/instruments.html).

Dennis



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