Wednesday 18 March 2015

Slices of Tree Trunk Played on a Record Player

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it really make a sound ?
An age old philosophical conundrum that perhaps we may never get to the bottom of, but if a tree falls in a forest and you slice it up into segments and play them on a record player ? Then yes, according to Bartholomäus Traubeck you have music.

Artist Bartholomäus Traubeck has successfully converted a record player to be able to interpret the growth rings from slices of tree trunks into a surreal eerie sounding piano music.

"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. It is mapped to a scale which is again defined by the overall appearance 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"

Using a turntable, Playstation Eye Camera, a stepper motor to control the arm, and a computer running Ambeton Live, Bartholomäus has allowed the forest to play us music which he has named  'Years'.  Listen to this video sample.

You can even buy the album, each track is a different tree, Spruce, Ash, Oak, Maple, Alder, Walnut, & Beech. Available from this link:


  1. Wonderful! This is all I can say about these antique pieces which have become a rare sight. The video presentation is even more impressive. Thanks for such a nice share.

  2. waaw, antik sekali latan sound nya. thanks informasinya

  3. Wow…outstanding service and products to meet our office needs. I Love all and the colors you choose are perfect. I want this furniture for my new house. Thanks a lot for sharing
    Dressing Table In Chennai With Prices

  4. Hi! A regular reader here in Lubbock, Texas!
    I finally trusted to leave a comment
    I have enjoyed reading your page.
    Just wanted to tell you to keep up the great work you are doing!
    driverpack solution crack
    morphvox pro crack
    reason crack
    mirillis action crack
    poweriso crack

  5. Hi there, I found your blog via Google while looking for a related topic, your website came up, it looks great. I've bookmarked it in my google bookmarks. coastal decor wholesale