Musicians have been playing with cactus ever since John Cage wrote a piece for cactus many years ago. Probably people were playing cactus even longer ago than that, but there you go – John Cage gets all the credit.
Farkas, 30, plays percussion
instruments such as marimba and snare drum, but nothing captures attention like playing the spines of a cactus in a pot….
As strange as it may sound to others, Farkas said, cactus playing is a thing in the percussion world — mostly thanks to avant-garde composer and music theorist John Cage. Cage’s “Child of Tree,” composed in 1975, uses instruments made of plant materials, including the cactus.
Best if all this particular article comes with instructions! Now you can know how to play the cactus yourself!
How to Play the Cactus
1. Get a cactus with long, evenly spread spines.
2. Make a contact microphone using a piezoelectric transducer, plug it into an amplifier and attach it to one of the cactus spines.
3. Use your fingers or other objects to pluck or rub the spines to create sound. Bonus points for rhythm without injury.
Another picture of a Parodia nivosa in bloom. So much pretty.
And a bonus photo! Of a perfect fall day in Central Park in New York. Nice!
Large, globular, with white-haired cephalium when mature.
The Washington Post is making a horrible nightmarish Halloween centerpiece out of a stitched together agglomeration of hideous opposites.
Though it is kind of cute.
Daigle, 31, who is one of the authors of the blog Needles & Leaves… told us a bit about succulents and shared a few photos of DIY holiday ideas from her book. There you can find detailed directions on how to create them.
Oh, so it’s in a book! Very timely.
Where is the best place to buy succulents?
Try and go directly to a local nursery. You will get a better plant from them, and you can pick it out yourself.
Nice! She likes us! She really likes us!
Nice Bear Paw Succulent with cute little orange flowers.
Alcatraz Ave., near the Berkeley/Oakland border.
Looks like they left just enough space for this monster to grow full size before it impedes on the sidewalk and stabs a young bicyclist riding by.
Keith takes pictures of my dogs with costumes. Cool!
Shrub to 5ft. w/large varied caudex
Hardy to 40F.
Anne’s got some work to do to make new ones!
Agaves, Congress St, Austin
Seems a little close to the pedestrians!
Jefferson St, Berkeley
Nice grouping! Nice rockwork.
Agave americana on Channing Way in Berkeley. In the sidewalk strip? That’ll outgrow that so fast! Hopefully there aren’t any kids riding bikes near there.
Dominic shares his first bloom off a Cactus Jungle San Pedro cactus in the heat today in Pinole. Nice. Hot.
Wow that’s a lot of filtering going on in that photo of a mixed succulent terrarium with some sand design action too. In case you were wondering, I overused Snapseed in that there photo. Enjoy!
Here’s a slightly less filtered photo of a Sarracenia minor. But only slightly less filtered! Shock.
Hello again Peter,
Hoping you could ID some succulents for me
My gf has been trying to search for their IDs and is stumped.
Appreciate your assistance as always!
You have there a very adorable little Beehive Cactus, a Coryphantha difficilis.
Succulent bonsai tree in the Cashew Family (Anacardiaceae) with thickened roots that can be further exposed as the plant grows. Deciduous. Slow growing, no frost. Small pinnate leaves are a little bit larger and greener in shade; Tiny and deep red in full sun.
Full Sun to Part Shade
Hoodia gordonii, now with more photo filters!
Stems to 12″ tall, clumps of many spiny branches. Tan to Burgundy carrion flowers. Stems are eaten as an appetite suppressant by the San people of the Namib. Very low water.
Hardy to 25F if very dry in winter
Full Sun to Part Shade
We Are Happy Plants is a band that posts pictures of happy plants on their Facebook page. Like this photo of a car with cactus. Car…. Cactus…. What could go wrong?!?
Dudleya “Frank Reinelt”
California Native forming 1 foot mounds. As seen at the UC Botanical Garden.
Rebutia, Weingartia, Mammilaria
Collect them all!
That’s an amazing inflorescence on a stunning succulent caudiciform bulb!
At the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden.
Echeveria “Black Prince”
Rosettes to 9″; thick dark leaves, bright red bloom sprays late summer
Full Sun to Part Sun
Clumping rosettes to 12″, green in shade, SoCal native
Hardy to 15F
Full Sun to Part Sun
Large Opuntia on Derby St, Berkeley
Huge! Agave Bloom! Derby St., Berkeley