Saturday, March 8, 2014

Dendrochronophonograph

German artist Bartholomäus Traubeck has developed a way to make music out of tree rings. A cross-section of a tree trunk is turned on a custom-built record player. The "needle" is a PlayStation Eye Camera and a stepper motor attached to the control arm, which relays the data to a computer. The rings are then translated into music using a program called Ableton Live. "Interpretation it may be, but it still varies according to the piece of wood that's placed on the turntable," notes Gizmodo. One result is an eerie audio recording entitled "Years" (LISTEN HERE).

 

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