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Only Through music, trees speak for themselves

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We all know from basic knowledge that rings on a tree give out its age as well as weather phenomena, conditions, rain levels, disease and fires.


The tree rings are more or less the autobiography of a tree, written in a mystical and alluring way, if only one was to pay attention and decipher it. For example, if the rings are light colored that means the tree has grown fast, as opposed to dark coloring and slow growth. All in all three rings are the history of every particular tree and just like fingerprints, none is the same as the other.

But German-born composer Bartolomeus Traubeck wanted to hear them genuinely, so he created equipment that would help transcribe the tree rings into music using a turntable. Instead of using a needle to play a traditional record, this turntable gathers information through software about the tree’s color and texture, turning it into variations of piano notes. This sensor can produce an individualized tune for each tree. Traubeck even compiled them in an album, called Years, featuring the sounds of spruce, ash, oak, maple, alder, walnut, and beech trees. The album is available for download, and for starters you can begin with listening to the ghostly, eerie sounds  that a tree can produce.

YEARS from Bartholomäus Traubeck on Vimeo.