Bartholomäus Traubeck’s “Years”…singing wood.

Doing the rounds on facebook is this Vimeo of a record player that “plays” the growth rings of a cross-cut tree trunk. Rather than have an actual needle grind and grate over the wood’s surface, Bartholomäus Traubeck’s turntable scans the grooves on the wood and translates them into piano notes. I love the heavy chords where the trunk is scarred, and the little trills where a crack splits the rings. Eerie and beautiful, the years of a dead tree told like a story or a song.

This gave me goosebumps.


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