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Oak Tree



My passion for music as a multi instrumentalist has and continues to fuel my musical explorations and discoveries for ways in which simple objects can be transformed into musical instruments capable of producing unique sounds, overtones, harmonies, riffs and even well known tunes and songs. I have done this with monotone instruments such as the Vuvuzela and Australian didgeridoo and also with seemingly non musical objects such as pipes, straws, bottles and gum nuts.

My most recent musical 'aaha' is probably the first time that the majestic OAK tree has ever been serenaded in this way.

I use the acorn CUPULA which is the dome shaped cap on the top of the acorn to produce the sounds and musical notes. It has a diameter of between 16 and 20mm. It is used to create the sounds and notes and also serves as a resonating and amplifying chamber like a flute or whistle.

The acorn is removed but the cupula stays ATTACHED to the tree branch:


Using the cupula I play tunes DIRECTLY into every part of every leaf, twig, branch, stem and root of the tree... see tree picture above, and video below.

What I am actually doing is SOUNDING into a giant HOLOPRINT or dendritic network structure that includes every part of the tree both above and below the ground!!

The relatively high pitched sound vibrations and frequencies are created by my breath(life force) and transported through the WATER that permeates the entire tree. These sound waves travel 4.3 times faster through water than through air at the mind boggling speed of around 1498 meters/sec or 5 392 km /hour through the entire tree.

These sound frequencies include combinations of whistling, whistle echos, vocal overtones and fluting notes. A range of 10 relatively high pitched notes in the Western chromatic scale can be produced.

There is growing scientific evidence that plants are communicating with and responding to other plants, insects and external sound sources.

The physical size and longevity of trees accords them the most majestic and revered life form status on earth. For this reason humans have historically honored and celebrated trees in countless sonic rituals and ceremonies.

I cannot help wondering whether a living tree has ever been musically serenaded by using a part of it as an instrument creating the sonic frequencies played to and through it? A warm invitation is extended to anyone able to answer this question, who is knowledgable about tree rituals especially sonic ones and/or who is moved to offer any comments, suggestions or critiques. I may be contacted on: bruce@aahalearning.com or on the WhatsApp social media platform: +27 83 459 9894

From my early childhood years I have harbored a deep LOVE of and respect for trees with an abiding conviction that 'humanity has no older or deeper debt than the debt they owe to the tree'

I am very happy and honored to have made this discovery and to be able to serenade the regal Oak which is one of my favorite trees.

Am also excited by what might emerge through this sharing... hopefully it will be of interest to nature lovers, tree admirers and open minded interspecies communication explorers.


  • Many times before the wise old Oak has felt the vibration of the wind through it's leaves, branches and even across the cup of a dropped acorns capula. Now a tall wise, earth walker finds a way to amplify that sound. 'Hello mighty Oak, as I breathe notes of resonance and re-assurance into You and down into the earth, may they rise up again through the soles of my feet, reminding me always of our sacred connection to Mother Nature'.
       - Stephen Pretorius

  • Will I ever forget the sight of a beaming Bruce, his arms extended: 'There is an opportunity for magic in every moment! I have just played a cupula still attached to the tree. The wind moved the leaves against my face, caressing me as if it was thanking me!' A precious moment, a magical memory
       - Liesl Haasbroek

  • Aren't we all bordering on being legally insane these days? I'm very curious to see the video clip... And if curiosity is the first thing you unlock in people... Then I'll say you're on the right path!
       - Chantelle van Graan

  • There is a fine line between genius and the insane, you might have erased that line!
       - Henri Baanen

  • Bruce... I just LOVE and RESPECT you more and more every day... a Tree charmer, a tree whisperer... a tree healer, a tree lover, a tree troubadour...
       - Marie Beytel

  • How wonderful great magician and explorer of many sounds...
       - Dr Lynette Steele

  • Wow that sounds incredible! I really want to see that. I have the instrument to measure exact tone and would like to experiment with that...
       - Dana Orlicka-Koren

  • Kom ons kom almal bymekaar by n eikeboom in die maanlig met kerse en luister na jou en die boom really SHARING life and being human.
       - Paul Nieuwenhuis

  • Your relationship with the 'mighty oak' is profound and well understood. Serenading the tree, as you explain it so gracefully, must be one of the most fulfilling experiences.
    The silhouette picture against the celestial body says it all. I look forward to the video.
       - Dan Pillay

  • Bruce, I absolutely love this concept....I'm always intrigued by your exploits.
       - Michael Haupt

  • Absolutely ingenious! Will contemplate - and share.
       - Elena Tagar

  • I know you as a man of many parts but an oak tree serenader or tree whisperer is a revelation of note. Can't wait to hear and see the video.
       - Jeremy Wiley

  • Thanks for sounding me out (excuse the pun)... the mere fact that you are exploring and experimenting with a different means of creating sound is interesting. I have always found your difference and quirkiness/uniqueness appealing which makes me want to listen and pay attention.
       - Gavin Coetzee

  • Very excited about this and what portends for trees one of the most misunderstood and abused species on the planet. Would love to see you in action and also talk with you of where you think this could go.
       - Judy Sole

  • Extreme music adorers will always be considered to be slightly mad by those who cannot hear the music but so what. It sounds a beautiful thing so don't stop - ever!
       - Mary Comry

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