Finding music in nature? This record player plays the “sound” of tree rings

Artist Bartholomäus Traubeck saw a similarity between the grooves on a record and the rings of a tree trunk. In his project entitled ‘Years,’he converted an old record player so that he could find the music within these tree rings. The resulting sounds are both moody and spooky.

The piano notes that you hear come directly from the seasons of growth and any form anomalies that are present in the makeshift LP. Admittedly, the technology is a bit more interpretive than a needle on a record groove. Gizmodo explains that the tree slice is scanned with a PlayStation Eye Camera and then inputted into Ableton Live.

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