Music

MUSIC AT DeMorgenzon

 

At DeMorgenzon we play music to our vines and our wines 24 x 7. We have speakers strategically placed in the vineyard and in the cellar.

The effects of sound and music on plant growth is an intriguing subject and has fascinated many a horticulturist over the years. Although not much scientific investigation has been undertaken, a handful of research papers have reported on the effects of sound energy on plant growth. All have reported positive results from the playing of harmonious or melodious music to plants.

There are even plants that clearly acknowledge and respond to music. The Telegraph Plant (Semaphore Plant or Dancing Grass) is a type of leguminous shrub whose leaves ‘dance’ rhythmically to harmonious music. It does not show any response if blown or caressed manually.

In 1973 a book called The Sound of Music and Plants, detailing experiments conducted at the Colorado Woman’s College in Denver, determined that playing soothing music to plants made them grow faster, more vigorously and healthier.

DOROTHY RETALLACK'S RESEARCH

Research has been carried out since the first commercial experiment in 1972 by Charnoe, who studied the effects of sound waves on the budding of barley. Subsequently, Carlson (in the USA) treated various crops and vegetables with high frequency sound waves (Spillane, 1991), and the Xian Tuo company in Osaka, Japan, has treated vegetables with classical music (Xiao Hai, 1990).

Reports of the growth of many record-breaking fruits have also been attributed to music. For example, French scientists cultivated a 2 kilogram tomato, and British scientists produced a 13 kilogram beet (Hou and Mooneyham, 1999). Recent scientific studies undertaken at Bilkent Uiversity in Turkey, in cooperation with the Azerbaijan Government Music Academy, found that classical music has positive effects on root growth.

ASIAN JOURNAL OF PLANT SCIENCES

Are we at DeMorgenzon drinking too much of our fine wine? Are we perhaps smoking something stronger? Have we taken leave of our senses? We think not. There are, after all, connections between sound, vibrations and physical reality.

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