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January 08, 2019 1 min read

You can learn a lot about a tree’s life from a tree’s rings, now you can hear them. Artist Bartholomäus Traubeck has been able to create music from their rings.




Traubeck created a type of record player that translates the different colors and textures of tree rings into music. Rather than use a needle like a record player, sensors gather information about the wood and turn them into piano notes.

Every tree sounds uniquely different because of the  characteristics of its rings. The tree rings are translated into the language of music, rather than sounding musical in and of themselves. The unique record player uses a PlayStation Eye Camera and a stepper motor attached to its control arm. It relays the data to a computer with a program called Ableton Live, ending up with an incredible piano track.

It’s awe-inspiring that Traubeck could take a simple slice of wood and turn it into music. (see video below to listen to this Ash tree arrangement).

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