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Making Music With the Rings of a Tree?

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This is something so weird that I almost didn’t believe it.  But then I listened and watched the video and, what do you know, this guy plays a tree.

 

German-born artist Bartholomaus Traubek has created a turntable that plays…..the rings of a tree.

His new artwork “Years” uses a converted record player to ‘play’ cross-sections of a tree, generating sound by scanning the spinning rings with a PlayStation Eye Camera.

The data is then transmitted through the control arm  to a computer, which then generates a music track.

Got it, so far?

You’re wondering, what does a tree sound like?  I’d say sort of like a spooky piano with frequent jarring notes caused by the knotty parts of a tree’s ring pattern.

Watch, and listen to this.  It is “out-of-this-world!”

YEARS from Bartholomäus Traubeck on Vimeo.

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