shade metals

Tree Ring Music

Sara & Cesar

Haunting, beautiful, & almost arhythmic when translated into piano notes.

Instead of a record needle reading the vibrations of sound, Bartholomäus Traubeck wanted to play music he could see.  

His machine uses a camera to send data of the thickness, spacing, color, and texture of tree rings to a computer algorithm that translates the visual image into piano notes.  

His album, Years contains the stories of spruce, ash, oak, maple, alder, walnut, and beech trees.