Jan 19 2012

John Cage would be proud

Bartholomäus Traubeck, who is primarily a visual artist, came up with a way of using a turntable to translate the rings of a tree-slice into music. The piece is called “Years.” I’m not sure how the algorithm works, but it appears to map everything onto a c-minor scale. (h/t BoingBoing)


  1. bart

    it actually is. but there are different mappings for different types of wood. based on their average contrast and color they are being calculated. ash tree outputs sound on a wholetone scale for example. birch is c major.

    1. admin

      Thanks for letting me know! Interesting work.

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