Barthalomäus Traubeck Years

This innovation translates wood data from the rings of trees into different piano melodies.


Netherlands-based artist, Barthalomäus Traubeck, has created a special instrument that lets you hear what a tree could sound like. ‘Years’ is an innovation that looks like a turntable and uses high-tech computer gear combined with loop-based software music sequencer ,Ableton Live, to play slices of a tree trunk like an LP.

Tree rings are usually analyzed for their strength, thickness and rate of growth to determine the age of the tree and the changes of the environmental surroundings. The ‘Years’ device analyzes the tree slice in a similar manner and translates the data into music. The output melody is different every time depending on the tree slice.

View the video below to hear what a tree sounds like.

Barthalomäus Traubeck: Years

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