"Plantasia at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden" was an evening of multi-sensory experiences inspired by Mort Garson’s 1976 album 'Mother Earth's Plantasia.' Attendees enjoyed ambient modular explorations performed live by electronic artist Patricia throughout the duration of the June 2019 event. Now, we're pleased to share that experience with you here.
In 1976, composer Mort Garson released 'Mother Earth's Plantasia,' an album recorded especially "for plants... and the people who love them," as its cover artwork shows. The first album on the West Coast recorded using just a Moog modular synthesizer, this collection of avant-garde compositions would later become a cult classic among electronic music enthusiasts worldwide.
Original pressings of the album were only available with the purchase of a plant from Mother Earth on Melrose Ave in LA or with the purchase of a Simmons mattress from Sears. Although recordings of the album had been difficult to find until its vinyl reissue on June 21st, 2019, the playful psychedelic nature of Garson’s rare work is known to have inspired modern motifs such as the "Zelda’s Lullaby" (a popular theme from Nintendo’s Zelda: Ocarina of Time, which bears a striking resemblance to "Concerto for a Philodendron").
New black vinyl LP edition, audiophile 2xLP edition, and 8-track edition options are all available for preorder—out November 6th, 2020—via Sacred Bones Records, coinciding with the label’s "The Mort Garson Archival Reissue Series" release.
Special thanks to:
Atlas Obscura (https://www.atlasobscura.com/)
Brooklyn Botanic Garden (https://www.bbg.org/)
Sacred Bones Records (https://www.sacredbonesrecords.com/)