The tomato experiment

Since February of this year, I’ve been running a little experiment blasting hardcore rock, thrash and death metal at my tomato plants. I was slowly increasing the intensity of the music (and I realize for some people “music” isn’t an appropriate descriptor for death metal) and I must say the results have been quite stunning.

This will be after two and half months of solid hardcore music in a week.

Getting ready for plucking soon!

I haven’t been blasting music all day and night, because I’m can’t be home all the time and I don’t want to turn my good neighbors into sworn enemies. Also the volume has been constantly in the medium-low range.

I seemed to have reached a Golidlocks zone with Kataklysm and Samael (couldn’t play Meshuggah without upsetting the neighbors) and other death/hardcore bands didn’t seem to make too much of a difference from these two.

The next season I’m going to try classical to see if it makes a difference.


Tomatoes love brutal metal even more!

A little while ago, I did an experiment with blasting music at my tomato plants and it turns out to have worked very well. Now, after switching to some heavier music, the results have been even more spectacular.

Growth spurt

I’m seeing more tomato flowers and the few flowers I saw just a while ago are already starting to produce fruit! The secret seems to be switching from plain metal to thrash, black metal and death metal.

This time I’ve been playing them some Samael, Candlemass, Kataklysm, Hipocricy, Battlecross and even some Meshuggah. I couldn’t play Meshuggah for too long before I got a knock on my door from the neighbors, but Samael seems to be more tolerable.

Next time I’m going to try Soilwork (the band, not horticulture treatment) and maybe even Dimmu Borgir.

For those of you who have no idea of what kind of music this is, here’s a small sample.


This may cause headaches for some people considering it’s one of the most awesome songs in the world. Not to mention one of the most awesome videos.

Tomato plants love metal

If my latest experiments with blasting music at my tomato plants are any hint, I think I may be onto something. I’m sure a lot of people have already heard that music can positively affect the growth of plants. Well my tomato plants seem to love groove metal in particular.

After a week of playing Grip Inc’s (Dave Lombardo’s band) Power of Inner Strength for two solid weeks, they’ve been faring extremely well.

Sorry about the quality; these are, once again, courtesy of my rubbish phone…


Sorry about the blur, but those are two tomato flowers


This was my mom’s idea… It’s called recycling folks! ;)

Yup, it's an easel!


I’ve always been under the impression that I had the horticulture eqiuvalent of the Dim Mak (death touch) in that any plant that I touch, water or otherwise breath on will shrivel up and die within a few days. Metal may be the perfect antidote.

I wonder if thrash metal will have an even bigger effect. I’m thinking of also playing Pantera’s Cowboys from Hell and Vulgar Display of Power or even some Testament and older stuff from Slayer and Megadeth, but considering the level 11 threshold of awesome placked into such works, I may inadvertantly end up stripping the plant of its leaves and will to live. Let’s try baby steps first…

Nostalgia: A History of Windows Startup and Shutdown themes

You know you’re a child of the 80’s when your nostalgia includes memories of the Windows OS, specifically the startup and shutdown themes. I have to say that Windows 95 and 2000 had the best startup music of the entire series. A few of the betas also had great music, but it’s a shame they never made it to the final release.

If only these OSes had the same creativity and care when it came to the internal plumbing and security, Microsoft would have left the greatest legacy in the computing world.