When You Put Tree Rings on a Record Player, The Sound Is Unexpectedly Beautiful

Have you ever wondered what the sound of trees would be like? ME either.

We all know that rings on a tree represent plenty of useful information about the life of the tree itself.

It can indicate the environmental conditions regarding rain levels, disease, and how quickly the tree grew. 

Each ring has its specific story to tell. Tree-ring dating or “Dendrochronology” is a horizontal cross section cut through the trunk of a tree.


What if the sounds of trees could actually be translated? Bartholomäus Traubeck has created something unique that would translate tree rings into music by playing them on a record player.

Instead of using a needle to play the record, “sensors work together to gather information about the wood’s color and texture and then uses an algorithm that translates variations into piano notes.

“The cool thing is that each individual tree results in a different sound.

The album un-coincidentally is titled, Years, and features spruce, ash, oak, maple, alder, walnut, and beech trees. It is available to download here.

Now if you want to see something even cooler… Check out these burial pods that turn you into a tree when you die. (h/t IFLS)

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