What Tree Rings Sound Like When Played On A Record Player
Have you ever wondered what it would sound like to take a slice of a tree, lay it on a record player to see what it sounds like? Well maybe not, but this man tried it....
Artist Bartholomäus Traubeck has custom-built a record player that is able to "play" cross-sectional slices of tree trunks. The result is his artpiece "Years," an audio recording of tree rings being read by a and turned into music, much like a record player's needle reads the grooves on an LP
The tree rings are actually being translated into the language of music, rather than sounding musical in and of themselves. According to Makezine, the custom record player takes in using a PlayStation Eye Camera and a stepper motor attached to its control arm, and relays the data to a computer. A program called Ableton Live then uses to generate an eerie piano track.