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Playing Tree Rings on a Record Player
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Bartholomäus Traubeck created a record unlike anything I've ever heard before. It features seven recordings from different Austrian trees including Oak, Maple, Walnut, and Beech. The video I attached is an Ash tree’s year ring data. Every tree sounds totally different unique because of varying strength, thickness and rate of growth. The tree rings are being translated into the language of music, rather than sounding musical in and of themselves. The tree rings hold data that records their growth, so the sounds are actually a musical translation of their growth record. Traubeck’s record player uses a PlayStation Eye Camera and a stepper motor attached to its control arm. It translates the data to a computer and what you end up with is an incredible piano track, and in the case of the Ash, a very eerie one. It makes you wonder what types of music other parts of nature would play.
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