YEARS - Tree Record Player

A record player that plays slices of wood. Year ring data is translated into music. Made by Bartholomaus Traubeck

"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."

"It is more like a generative sound machine, using data from the wood as its source for rhythm and notation than a representational and precise sonification of the data stored in year rings." adds Bartholomaus