The Study of Natural Music at Bigglebottom
Bigglebottom students are recognized for their attunement to nature, but what are the “tunes” of nature and how can we better understand them?
Plants and Fungi make music too!
Learn how to tap into the sounds of nature with this Bigglebottom exclusive major. Using a combination of biodata sonification, magical technique, and creativity, students can translate the biological processes of life into a melody humans can hear. Find the music that root networks and mycelia use to communicate and access a stunning world that’s right beneath your feet! Natural Music majors report a better affinity with natural life, a quality known to significantly boost magical potential. Improve your magic while creating music—start your study of natural music today!
Mus 104: Introduction to Mycelium
Introduction to fungal colonies and hyphae networks (co-taught with the Herbology department)
Mus 122: Investigating Root Connections
How plants communicate, with a focus on trees
Mus 150: Biodata Sonification
Interpreting natural communication as music
Mus 222: Communing with Nature
Guide to asking trees for rights to the use of their music
Mus 281: Safely Navigating Magical Forests
How not to die while collecting soundbites
Mus 299: Music Across Kingdoms of Life
Comparing and contrasting music among plants, animals, and fungi (bacteria and protists optional)
Mus 302: Independent Study
A time for introspection into your musical individuality
Mus 318a: Music in the World
Off-campus study in a global center for natural music
Mus 318b: Music in Nature
Off-campus study in the wilderness
Mus 340: Symphony Capstone
Culminate all of your learning into a unique magical contribution to the magical community
Every Natural Music major is required to complete a symphony capstone before the end of their Bigglebottom career. The only requirements for the capstone are that the musical focus must be on natural sources; students must utilize techniques they’ve learned from their studies; and at least five different natural instruments must be used in the final product. Outside of these areas, students have complete freedom to design their own unique creation!*
*Due to issues with past capstones, there is an additional requirement: students are prohibited from creating products that literally cause damage to listeners’ ears.