Some of us make individual attempts to rectify the generally calamitous effect the human species has had on plants worldwide, but behind each douse of water (you may not be aware of this) lies, say, a rhododendron that secretly yearns for aural sustenance. Or a dionaea muscipula that wants to take a figurative bite out of Pixies instead of those gross and heartburn-inducing flies! Oddly, experiments concerning the effect of music on plant-life are really only a recent venture, but here we are, acknowledging “new-age” artist Peter Coffin for his perpetual — since 2002 — work in that realm. Guess who’s going to be spared in the event of a Jumanji-like vine takeover?
Music for Plants is a Coffin-devised series that has seen two editions so far and is seeing its third edition currently been worked on (set for formal release some time this fall). Artists including Kelela, Arto Lindsay, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Martin Rev of Suicide, Teengirl Fantasy, and more were recruited to record this third volume at Red Bull Studios in New York, where Coffin’s concurrent Living exhibition features a greenhouse with the first two Music for Plants playing on a loop. Living ends September 16, but with any luck, the repeated consumption of Sonic Youth, Pauline Oliveros, Jim O’Rourke, and OOIOO will allow for unstoppable growth. Oh, look who’s just arrived for dinner.
Again, this fall! Listen to the first volume here. An L-Vis 1990 track created for the third is below.
• Peter Coffin: http://petercoffinstudio.com