Artist Bartholomäus Traubeck has accomplished the remarkable task of turning the cross-section of a tree trunk into music with his latest project, "Years." He modified an existing record player by adding an optical head that translates the variations in color found on a smooth, polished tree trunk platter into sound. The sounds created by the wood somehow manage to be composed and entirely organic all at once. It's beautifully done.


Check out Traubeck's modified record player in action in this short video and swing over to his site to learn more and to see his other work.


YEARS from Bartholomäus Traubeck on Vimeo.


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Artist modifies a record player to play a tree
'Play,' the latest work from artist Bartholomäus Traubeck, turns the variations of a tree trunk into music.