What do tree rings sound like when played like a record? It’s hauntingly beautiful.

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What do tree rings sound like when played like a record? It’s hauntingly beautiful.

The rings of a trunk reveal the age of the tree, and environmental conditions like rainfall levels, disease, and even forest fires. Light-colored rings indicate growth spurts, while darker marks show times of a slowdown.

Each slice is unique — a glimpse into the story of a tree’s past.

Bartholom√§us Traubeck wondered what story those trees would tell. So he created equipment that could translate those rings into music on a record player. But instead of a needle, an optical sensor reads the wood’s color and texture. Then, algorithms convert those variations into notes on a scale, which is mapped to a piano synthesizer and played.

The result is a breathtaking masterpiece. Listen and watch the rings go round at 0:29…






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