I recently came across an artist named Bartholomas Traubeck. And what made him amazing to me will truly blow your mind.

While it may sound crazy, he turns trees into literal music. You see, slices of wood have rings and those rings can be translated into music if you try to play them properly. His record player plays slices of wood quite often, and through these pieces, he creates beautiful music to tell the story of each tree he turns.

His website says as follows in regards:

A tree’s year rings are analyzed 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.

The whole idea is quite fascinating and makes for some truly magical music. Traubeck’s record player is one of a kind and uses a PlayStation Eye Camera as well as a stepper motor to relay data to a computer with a program on it called Ableton Live. This is how he is able to really bring these pieces of deceased tree back to life.

This is something I have never seen before and it truly blows me away. To hear some of this tree music check out the video below. It sounds marvelous and is truly amazing. Did you know trees could sing so well?

Image via Hymn Lines

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