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Never Heard Trees Making Music? Now’s The Time

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This is an excerpt from the record Years, created by BartholomäusTraubeck, and it features seven different Austrian trees recordings, including Oak, Maple, Walnut, and Beech.

What you are hearing is an Ash tree’s year ring data. Every tree sounds very unique because of their varying characteristics of the rings, such as strength, thickness and rate of growth.

Those the tree rings translated into the language of music. Traubeck’s one-of-a-kind record player uses a PlayStation Eye Camera and a stepper motor attached to its control arm.

It relays the data to a computer with anapp called Ableton Live. It sounds like an amazing piano track, and in the case of the Ash, a very eerie one.

Great job,Traubeck for coming up with the ingenious method to turn a slice of wood into a beautiful music instrument.

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