Record player that translates the rings of a tree into sound

“Years” is a Schmiede Hallein exhibit by Bartholomäus Traubeck, a native of Munich, Germany, currently residing in Rotterdam, Netherlands and Linz, Austria.  It’s an art installation that translates the year rings from a slice of wood into music.

This video shows the record player in action:

Bartholomäus explains:

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 found in the defined ruleset of programming and hardware setup, but the data acquired from every tree interprets this ruleset very differently.