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Dear MIDI-Sprout fans!

I would like to share with you a 21 minutes long Ambient soundscape called Gazing At The Sparkling Light Of The Evening Sun, which invites the listener into an intimate moment with our beautiful Sun. Sometimes we are spoiled with a breathtaking sight of a fantastically colorful nature play. And that's exactly what i tried to capture with this soundworld. Just by the way., the recording involved a Rubber tree. This is one of my first experiments and i'm still in awe of it's provided complexity and the whole arrangement. Couldn't make up my mind when to stop the recording session as it went on & on with all kind of variations. Despite the wealth of ideas there is a noticeable pattern.

I strongly believe that the Rubber tree took advantage of the provided reflection, as i confronted it with it's doing through speakers. My part was only to prepare the whole setup, create the patches, soundpaint and polish during the EQing and do the mastering at the end. Everything else has been directed by the Rubber tree! The recording and patch creation took place inside Propellerhead Reason's sequencer & Studio rack. The soundworld is based on three layers. Of course, the crickets aren't played by the plant as it's a sample recorded in a forest at nights which perfectly underlines the soundcape's mood. Everything else is controlled and composed by the Rubber tree.

I became a big fan of this creation method and will definitely add MIDI-Srpout in my journey through soundworlds, together with Mother Nature. :) You can download the music on my website, scroll down until you get to see a cover with the Sun or press on the cover, as presented below:

Much Love

Questions / Re: Clamps for softer/smaller plants
« Last post by Nicola Alexandra Hajdu on June 09, 2017, 01:57:23 AM »
Thank you for the tips Sam!

Much Love
Questions / Re: Clamps for softer/smaller plants
« Last post by sam on June 09, 2017, 12:05:29 AM »
I've used a couple different conductive gels (Ten/20, aloe, hand lotion).  If you need an intermediary substrate I suggest:

1. Spectra 360  electrode Gel

2. Ultrasound Gel (Salt-free, Chloride-free)

3. Cut the sticky gel off one of the Tens electrode pads and stick it to the clips!
Development / Re: Experience Level
« Last post by sam on June 08, 2017, 11:59:36 PM »
Thank you very much Nicola!
Questions / Re: Clamps for softer/smaller plants
« Last post by Nicola Alexandra Hajdu on June 07, 2017, 07:41:57 AM »
I have been trying these Tens Ear Clip electrodes. I tried vegetable glycerine as contact gel with weak response. I'm thinking to get a electrode jel which is nontoxic and highly conductive.

Much Love
Development / Re: Experience Level
« Last post by Nicola Alexandra Hajdu on June 06, 2017, 08:10:51 PM »
I'm infected by the music virus since the Commodore Amiga 500/1200 in the 90s. My first "MIDI"experience came through via DSS8+ Tracker (a package by GVP which included the software including a sampler for recording Audio). Later on i got my hands on TFMX, which required me to improve my performance skills on my keyboard. TFMX wasn't a classical Tracker and i don't have knowledge of any other software which allowed to effect the samples in an unique way (via the Macro page).

Bars & Pipes could have been a comprehensive MIDI-Sequencer but i loved to work with samples, so it didn't appeal to me. I left my Amiga decade in 1999. I immediately felt home with the MODplug Tracker, when i entered the Windows platform. Wish i would heard of Renoise much earlier but eventually it was my destiny to discover my first MIDI-Sequencers such Magix Music studio, which didn't excite me so much like "Fruity Loops" Studio followed by Propellerhead Reason 1.0, which became my favorite virtual studio i dreamed of. 

Most of my projects are entirely done in Reason. Today i have a few VSTi-Plugins and a huge amount of RE (Rack Extension is like VST, a format providing virtual devices for the Reason rack). I also have a home recording studio including a few keyboards and Midi-Controllers. I'm listening to electronic but also classic music. In the Amiga decade i preferred Video game music (Chris Huelsbeck, Allister Brimble, Olof Gustafson etc...) and Synthesizer Music (such Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Jan Hammer, etc...). My keyboard skill is sufficient enough to get through my recordings avoiding me of spending hours in the Piano Roll. 

So therefore i selected  "I'm an experienced musician using MIDI, but I'm not at all a programmer" because i'm not a programmer in respect of creating software but in programing my sounds. Reason & my JP-8080 give me the perfect environment to build on my imaginations. If i wouldn't have discovered the vast possibilities with virtual synths & effects (VST/RE) then i would have gotten much more hardware devices for sure. This doesn't meant that i will never get hands on new hardware & instruments. Time will tell. :)

I have to agree with a previous comment, ...MIDI-Sprout is definitely an unique interface which allows us to dive into organic soundscapes, furthermore we are blessed to interact with & invite Mother Nature in an very natural way. My first experiments showed that plants have a sense of music and you are free to decide where you take it further. I recommend Joe's recommendation to confront the invited Plant with it's own compositions with Speakers.

The Plants seem to have a melody in mind that they try to expand with variations. And they generate new melodies every day. I'm in my learning phase here because a seamless musically interaction with Plants requires us to build a deeper relationship. So there is always a deeper level available to achieve. My current favorite genre is Ambient soundscapes. It may be needless to say that Plants can be perfect partners to create outstanding Soundworlds.

Sometimes the Plants refuse to participate and i do respect this. All lifeforms have in common that they don't like to be forced to do anything. The pulse of life is spontaneity. The natural principle is love, so therefore everything has to come from the heart in the very moment. My recommendation is to try it again a few hours later. MIDI-Sprout is like a Star gate for exploring infinite possibilities. Of course, it makes sense to master your DAW (Digital-Audio-Workstation) your hardware and your imagination.

I compare Soundesign with cooking, ....it's the recipe which gives the flavors. The more you know about your studio the better the results. The Plants are talented Music directors but they have no access to the  patching/effecting sounds process. This and the whole production is still our part. Plants are sensitive beings. Treat them with respect and share them your love. A deeper relationship makes them open for inspirations.

You don't have to be super spiritual or into Esoteric at all. Also Rationalists & Atheists carry a heart for Mother Nature. I apologize for my bad grammar. I'm not native-English. My destination is Austria (Vienna, the capetown of my country, which is my exact location) and i speak three languages (German, English & Hungary). I want to express my gratitude to the MIDI-Sprout team and all the Kickstarter bakers, who believed in this extraordinary interface that closes a physical gap between us and plant life.

Much Love
User Submitted Sounds and Presets / Performing with MIDI Sprout in Asheville!
« Last post by zcooper on June 05, 2017, 12:56:55 PM »
Hey MIDI Sprout users!

Super excited to be giving my first public performance with the MIDI Sprout at Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center this Thursday 6/8

here's a lil bit about what we're doin...

Caitlyn Swett (dancer/choreographer) and Zach Cooper (prepared guitar/live electronics) invite audience members to experience a physical and audio installation. Using the MIDI Sprout, which employs biofeedback technology to turn plant cells’ electrical signals into music, their installation will include duets and a trio with an orchid controlling a synthesizer. A talk with the artists follows both performances.

$5 for BMCM+AC members + students w/ID / $10 non-members

if you're not in the Asheville area you can live stream it from Black Mountain College Museum's FB page on this Thursday evening, June 8th, 7-9pm

here's an FB link to the event
Questions / Re: Clamps for softer/smaller plants
« Last post by ubuntudreaming on April 27, 2017, 06:42:40 AM »
Ok cool. Thanks for the feedback, we will look into these options!

Questions / usb midi interface - windows 10
« Last post by ipek on April 26, 2017, 06:39:51 PM »

Thank you very much for this great little tool and support here! I've just got one recently but couldn't get it work. I see the colour changes but we couldn't record anything since midi in does not seem to be working - light bulb on the midi interface does not light and also we do nto get any data on the monitor. since I use a windows 10 laptop, the cable options were few. I bought all the 3 below (Proster USB to MIDI, VicTsing USB IN-OUT MIDI Cable, TNP USB to MIDI Cable Converter  ) and these did not work. we also tried them all on a mac pro, they did not work as well. We saw that these cables sometimes work when out and in shifted, tried that, did not work. I'll try to find the cable - Emu X MIDI you have suggested and try it with a mac pro to see if it is actually the cable problem.  however i'm wondering if there are any other people working with windows10 and usb midi interface or these cables. any suggestions? what else could be wrong?

thank you.

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