SOUND ROOM LXXV
The Band of Weeds is a sound art project by artists Kalle Hamm and Dzamil Kamanger. It is a fictive band, where three weeds - common wormwood (Artemisia vulgaris), dooryard dock (Rumex longifolius) and creeping thistle (Cirsium arvense) - founded a band.
All the songs are based on sound material, which is recorded directly form those plants. The used recording method is developed by Jagadish Bose in India in the 20 - 30's and Ivan Gunar in the Soviet Union in the 60 - 70's, who explored measuring techniques of electrophysiology of plants. The sounds are modified and made into songs by musicians Lauri Ainala and Hermanni Keko.
The Band of Weeds questions plants as mute and senseless beings without any feelings, giving literally voice for the otherness. It also juxtaposes two narratives: history of Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys and history of archaeophytes arrived in Finland.