Turntable that "plays" the rings of a tree

Bartholomäus Traubeck's "Years" is a modified record player that "plays" a slice of a tree, converting (and transforming) year ring data into piano music.

It is mapped to a scale which is again defined by the overall appearance of the wood (ranging from dark to light and from strong texture to light texture). The foundation for the music is certainly found in the defined ruleset of programming and hardware setup, but the data acquired from every tree interprets this ruleset very differently.

"Years" (Thanks, Syd Garon!)


    1. Similarly, I was wondering how they account for the fact that the rings aren’t perfectly spherical. Surely what we’re hearing is actually the ‘needle’ drifting from one ring to another, not tracking a ring? Maybe it’s smarter than I’m assuming.

      I guess that’s not technically important either way – as the result is pretty nifty.

      1. All they have to do is take a tree cookie, cut it in half along a diameter, then offset the two halves by 1 ring and glue them back together.  Now it’s a spiral. Technically, a double-spiral.

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