If you’re curious to know what a tree would sound like if it could play music, Bartholomäus Traubeck‘s incredible Years tree ring record player is one way to find out! An incredible makeshift invention that uses an old school turntable, high tech computer gear and Abelton Live to “play” the rings of a tree trunk like a record, this device reveals just how complex and beautiful our arboreal friends are. Hit the jump to listen to the Years in action.

Traubeck’s invention uses a turntable, a PlayStation Eye Camera, a stepper motor (to control the arm), and a computer running Ableton Live and the whole device measures approximately 90x50x50 cm. While we would have hoped the music played by the trees would be a little more upbeat, given decades of deforestation, global climate change and more affecting their survival, their somber and ominous tracks don’t come as much of a surprise.

+ Bartholomäus Traubeck

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