And now for something completely different

The piece below is a of a modified record player that plays slices of wood. I’m not sure what species this is, but I’m curious to hear the contrast between different trees. [Update] According to the artist, the first “record” is fir and later in the video it changes to Ash.  Not to stretch it, but if I had to guess what sort of music a tree would make, this eerie piece sounds about right.

Years by Bartholomäus Traubeck

A record player that plays slices of wood. Year ring data is translated into music, 2011.
Modified turntable, computer, vvvv, camera, acrylic glass, veneer, approx. 90x50x50 cm.

From the artist,

A tree’s year rings are analysed for their strength, thickness and rate of growth. This data serves as basis for a generative process that outputs piano music based on the year ring data. Those are analyzed for their thickness and growth rate and are then mapped to a scale which is again defined by the overall appeareance 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.

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