Me, here, from this place, from this Tuscany, from Italy, from Europe, I have never received even a single Euro. The vine whisperer is also the title of a book that talks about me. I am no scientist, however, I do believe that music is such an important thing in our lives that also involving plants and animals is not a bad thing. Indeed, it is something useful. I sincerely hope that this methodology – which was recognised by the United Nations in 2011 and got us onto the list of the top-100 eco-sustainable projects on the planet – will proudly begin here in Tuscany, from Montalcino to be precise, and spread out to all the other areas where there is agriculture and viticulture in order to achieve one thing, namely to kill off all OGMs and chemical intervention! If audio frequencies can do what OGMs and chemicals do with their devastating effects then we will all be very happy indeed. Carlo Cignozzi, attorney and farmer.
Carlo Cignozzi : This here is a truly magnificent area. We are here in Montalcino, on an ancient farm that is almost a thousand years old. It is known as “Paradiso di Frassina”. I landed up here in the Val d’Orcia purely by accident 15 years ago, here in this endless expanse of hills where there is absolutely nothing that is ugly. All there is is art and culture. There is no other place like it anywhere else in the world. It’s no coincidence that it is a humanity heritage site. I came here in the late nineties and I immediately realised that we could do something absolutely spectacular in this place, namely bring in the music. Right here in this magnificent place where they used to produce the legendary Brunello, I had this vision: if the Orientals who are amongst the world’s best at observing nature say that music and audio frequencies can help nature to grow better then I want to believe, I don’t know why.
I was an attorney, however, I was keen to discover what would happen if I combined music with the Brunello vineyard that I was busy setting up. I began experimenting all on my own. Then I noticed that with the first speakers I set up at the corners of the Vineyard, the vines seemed to be more alive, their metabolism speeded up and better physiological processes were occurring. Subsequently I began to collaborate with the Florence University, with the great Professor Mancuso to be precise, who is a renowned authority in the field of so-called plant neurology. We proceeded to conduct a research project together with Professor Luchi, an entomologist from the Pisa University. Within a matter of just a few years we realised that audio frequencies, just like light, are able to give more life and an improved metabolism to an entire plant.
This sparked a media frenzy. Television reporters from around the world descended upon us. At a certain point in the United States of America one individual - Amar Boose – one of the major world experts on audio who had done some major work in Boston with the MIT and had then gone on to set up his own company, namely Boose Incorporated, the Rolls Royce of sound.
This gentleman saw me on television, on Good Morning America, and he then offered to help me out. I never received a penny from here, from this place, from Italy or from Europe. Professor Boose sent his senior advisor here. He handed me a letter and I immediately thought he wanted to sell me some of his very expensive Boose speakers. I told the man that I could never afford to buy their Boose speakers. He answered that he was only there to deliver that letter. So I opened it and this is what it said: "Carlo, I don’t know you but I am a Hindu and, like all Hindus I believe in universal vibrations. Music is the best form of vibration that we can sense, but we humans must not be presumptuous because these vibrations that we call music is not meant solely for us but for the entire biological world, including the poor plants that make up 98 percent of the biological life on this planet. I follow you and I want to help you".
For me this was the most amazing thing ever. I began to work with this man and he provided me with about a hundred of their latest generation speakers. At the same time he also helped both the Pisa and the Florence Universities.
Music is a type of vibration that is very useful to man. We need music. Have you ever heard of anyone, from the shaman through to the great concerts of the 2000s, who can say no to music? Of course not! It all began with rhythm, percussion, then melody, vocals and then harmony, the composition of various sounds, all ending up in a new world, namely the world of music and harmony. No human civilisation has ever lived without some form of music, which makes you think, doesn’t it? And it not only affects man. In the Middle Ages, through research and observation some French monks realised that when they located their barns near the place where they sang their Gregorian chants the cows in those barns produced more milk and the quality of their milk was also better.
Never mind Pythagoras, Newton and all the research that has been done on music and harmony purely from a human perspective or even from the perspective of mathematics, geometry and physics. I am no scientist, however, I do believe that music is such an important thing in our lives that also involving plants and animals is not a bad thing. Indeed, it is something useful. I sincerely hope that this methodology – which was recognised by the United Nations in 2011 and got us onto the list of the top-100 eco-sustainable projects on the planet – will proudly begin here in Tuscany, from Montalcino to be precise, and spread out to all the other areas where there is agriculture and viticulture in order to achieve one thing, namely to kill off all OGMs and chemical intervention! If audio frequencies can do what OGMs and chemicals do with their devastating effects then we will all be very happy indeed.
Federico Ricci: Hello to all the friends of Beppe Grillo’s Blog. My name is Federico Ricci, agronomist and viticulturist at the “Paradiso di Frassina” in Montalcino, a farm where we have been busy since 2006, researching the effects that sound waves have on grape vines. This is something rather unusual and we have been helped with our research by the Universities of Florence and Pisa. The University of Florence is studying the effects of sound waves on the grape vines while the University of Pisa has been studying the effects of sound waves on the insects that inhabit vineyards.
Well, the results have been phenomenal to say the least in that, as regards the plants, we have learned that sound waves, and more specifically classical music, in other words low frequency sounds and vibrations stimulate the exchange of potassium and calcium ions within the plants’ cells. The plant thus becomes more resistant to illness in general. As an organic farm, we have been able to reduce the amount of copper and sulphur that we treat the vines with by 50% and we have found that, in any event, the plants are more stimulated to work harder and therefore to produce more and to ripen earlier, which is a very important in that we can now harvest earlier, when there is less risk of heavy rain, fungus infestation and humidity.
These are two very, very important effects because reducing the amounts of Copper and Sulphur that we have to apply also means that the land is healthier, the underground water sources are healthier and grapes and resulting wines are also healthier, which is inevitable.
Instead, as I said earlier, the studies conducted by the University of Pisa concern the insects that inhabit vineyards. By placing various traps in the vines within the vineyards, both near and further away from the speakers, we have learned that the useful insects, namely the plant pollinators, stay in the vineyard anyway. The harmful insects instead disappear, particularly the American grapevine leafhopper, which is the cause of a very bad ailment known as flavescence dorée. But why does the music chase these insects away? Well, because the males and females of this species communicate by vibrating their bodies against the leaves, so the sound vibrations from our speakers confuse these insects, they can no longer recognise each other and the males can no longer find the females so they simply move away to a quieter places where they are once again able to communicate with each other. Thus we no longer have to treat the vines against this disease which means that the grape bunches are healthier and in return we get healthier and more natural wine.
Carlo Cignozzi: The closer the plant is to the speakers, the better. The more the music invades the vineyard with its packets of discreet sound energy and harmony, the better. Anyone who wants to can easily try this at home. It’s not necessary to call in any university or large international company. All you need is a bit of decent taste and sensitivity. Many women who come and visit my Vineyard say “I talk to my plants and I have a relationship with my plants”. I get what they’re saying. When plants feel an emotional attachment and waves of emotion nearby, they respond. Even more so when it comes to music.
I chose Mozart for one simple reason, namely that he is one of the greatest composers ever. Mozart’s music has Fibonacci frequencies. Fibonacci was a mathematician from Pisa who lived in the Middle Ages, and also a great botanist. He discovered that in nature there are numbers, sequences that relate to the number of leaves on a plant, petals on flowers and even stripes on certain animals. All that is geometrical and mathematical in nature relates to a series of frequencies, which we now call Fibonacci’s frequency and consists of two numbers. These two numbers added together give a third number, and so on. But what does this have to do with Mozart then? He was amazed by Fibonacci’s frequencies and translated these frequencies into his music. He was not the only composer to do that, there were indeed other composers too, but for me this was illuminating. So I said to myself: “Mozart was the composer of nature and, as such, let’s reward him and use his music, which also includes many soft frequencies. It is profound, discreet, elegant repetitive and geometric music. It is like a wave of wellbeing.
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