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The Royal Philharmonic Asks: How Does Your Garden Grow?

QVC and one of London's leading orchestras test Dorothy Retallack's theory on music and plant growth.

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Do sound vibrations really make your plants grow better?

London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra recently played for one of its toughest audiences in years.  At the end of each selection there wasn’t a sound, and none of the concertgoers even bought tickets!

The RPO and shopping channel QVC teamed up to test the 1973 theory by Dorothy Retallack that sound vibrations impact the growth of plants. But we’ll have to wait on the results until after the plants put on their spring growth.

In the meantime, you can join the experiment by testing it on your own plants with a free download of the 45 minute live recording.

And let us know your results or thoughts in the comments section below.

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David Wood

Originally from Leavenworth, Kansas, David Wood moved to Bloomington in 2005. He received his Bachelor of Music from Kansas State University, and his Master of Music from the University of North Texas. He studied ensemble direction at the Jacobs School of Music's Early Music Institute and joined WFIU in 2006 as an announcer. In 2008 he became WFIU's Music Director and also served as Art Bureau Chief from 2008-2013. David’s interests include Irish music and language (particularly traditional singing), music and religion, running, the outdoors, and, of course, classical music!

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