What if nature’s quiescent trees could talk? Better yet, “make music”? Contemporary artist, Bartholomaus Traubeck, merges art, music and science to explore this concept in his experimental piece, Years.
For this project, Traubeck modified a traditional record player to play finely sliced pieces of wood by replacing the needle with a PS Eye Camera so that it could translate the trees “ring data”and output it into piano music. The turntable is able to analyze and interpret the rings’ characteristics (shades of light to dark, its knots, cracks, etc.) which all affect the final sound. Simply fascinating!