Better than your vintage vinyl collection?
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: http://traubeck.com/years/
Instead of a needle, the turntable uses a small camera to read the rings.
Traubeck created "records" of 7 different wood species.