What Tree Rings Sound Like When Played On A Record Player
Have you ever wondered what it would sound like to take a slice of a tree, lay it on a record player to see what it sounds like? Well maybe not, but this man tried it....
Artist Bartholomäus Traubeck has custom-built a record player that is able to "play" cross-sectional slices of tree trunks. The result is his artpiece "Years," an audio recording of tree rings being read by a and turned into music, much like a record player's needle reads the grooves on an LP. [: The 7 Weirdest Glow-in-the-Dark Creatures]
The tree rings are actually being translated into the language of music, rather than sounding musical in and of themselves. According to Makezine, the custom record player takes in using a PlayStation Eye Camera and a stepper motor attached to its control arm, and relays the data to a computer. A program called Ableton Live then uses to generate an eerie piano track. [Listen to the Six Spooky Sounds from the Deep]