Bartholomäus Traubeck: YearsPosted: January 20, 2012
Slices of wood are turned into melodic biographies through this specially developed “record” player. Through the tree’s unique growth patterns, originally symphonies are made audible. Details from the designer below.
From Traubeck: A tree’s year rings are analysed for their strength, thickness and rate of growth. This data serves as basis for a generative process that outputs piano music based on the year ring data. Those are analyzed for their thickness and growth rate and are then mapped to a scale which is again defined by the overall appeareance of the wood (ranging from dark to light and from strong texture to light texture). The foundation for the music is certainly found in the defined ruleset of programming and hardware setup, but the data acquired from every tree interprets this ruleset very differently.
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