German artist Bartholomäus Traubeck has developed a record player that spins slices of wood from a tree’s cross-section, instead of vinyl.
Called ‘Years’, Traubeck has modified a turntable’s needle by replacing it with a digital camera and light that scans the wood for thickness, growth rate, texture and overall color tone.
A computer then interprets the data and maps it into a musical scale, which is then played back using piano sounds.
What results are hauntingly beautiful melodies that differ based on the tree’s age.
According to Traubeck, his turntable serves as an “impulse for the recipient’s imagination [as the listener] can speculate about things like the passing of time or natural phenomena, but it is never based on scientific facts that could be found in the music”.