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Better than your vintage vinyl collection?

comments (5) March 25th, 2014 in blogs

Ben_Blackmar Ben Blackmar, Contributor
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Instead of a needle, the turntable uses a small camera to read the rings.
Traubeck created records of 7 different wood species.
Instead of a needle, the turntable uses a small camera to read the rings. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Instead of a needle, the turntable uses a small camera to read the rings.


Bartholomäus Traubeck did it with the help of a tech-savvy friend.


The turntable was an experiment to see what a trees growth rings would sound like if they were played like a record. It uses a light and tiny camera to sense and read the changes in color, and sends this information to a computer that translates that information into music for the piano.


Traubeck created slab "records" from seven different trees: Spruce, Ash, Oak, Maple, Alder, Walnut, and Beech, and each one sounds quite different. He said it was a pretty big challenge to cut a thin enough section of a slab without breaking it, and ultimately ended up attaching veneer to a substrate to create the discs.


Although the music isn't melodic, my personal favorite was Oak. Check them out and tell us which one you like the most!

Here is the link to the different tree "songs": Years by Bartholomäus Traubeck




You can read more about the project at Traubeck's website:




posted in: blogs, , modern, wood turning, walnut, white oak, veneer, ash, musical instrument

Comments (5)

cabsbydesign cabsbydesign writes: I have heard a lot worse, under the guise of being contemporary music....I could listen to these tunes quite comfortably.....!!
Posted: 3:30 am on March 31st

hudog hudog writes: Sounds like Norwegian Wood to me.
Posted: 10:54 am on March 29th

RGJ RGJ writes: I like it. Great idea, out of the box for sure.

Posted: 10:53 am on March 29th

jqg jqg writes: I'm going out on a limb here but it sounds like a Woody Guthrie tune to me. :)
Posted: 8:36 am on March 29th

ssamuelj ssamuelj writes: And if you play it backwards at slow speed, it says "Paul is dead".
Posted: 7:29 am on March 29th

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