We may never be able to speak with trees, but we can at least listen to their stories thanks to this hacked record player than can translate tree rings into music. The player called Years created by Bartholomäus Traubeck, uses the rings from a very thin cross section of a tree's bark as a music sheet from nature.
Tree rings are most commonly used for dendrochronology or the method of dating trees. But when you feed the hacked player a slice of the bark that's as thin as a record, it translates the rings into haunting piano music instead. The needle found on typical players is replaced by the PlayStation Eye, which serves as a webcam that reads the rings. The thickness, strength, and growth rate of the tree where the slice of bark came from are then analyzed.
The final piece is generated when the results from the analysis are combined with data about the wood's texture and color, giving us an overall view of the tree in an eerie, poignant ditty.
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