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Tree Ring Turntableism – Bartholomäus Traubeck’s YEARS

A record player that plays slices of wood. Bartholomäus Traubeck has found  how Year ring data on a tree can be translated into music.  Modified turntable, computer, vvvv, camera, acrylic glass, veneer, approx. 90x50x50 cm.

vinyl 8 Traubeck Tree Ring Turntableism   Bartholomäus Traubecks YEARS years upper playground turntable tree rings science record player nature music Bartholomäus Traubeck

years 4 Bartholomäus Traubeck Tree Ring Turntableism   Bartholomäus Traubecks YEARS years upper playground turntable tree rings science record player nature music Bartholomäus Traubeck
From the artist:

“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.”

Years – ‘scratching’ from Bartholomäus Traubeck on Vimeo.

YEARS from Bartholomäus Traubeck on Vimeo.

Digital download of recordings of seven different trees are now available. Find it here. And for more information about the artist  his latest projects visit: traubeck.com