tree ring music!

mr. sin

Registered User
A record player that plays slices of wood.
Modified record player, wood, sleeves. 2011

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. It is mapped to a scale which is again defined by the overall appearance 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.

watch for the cuts in the vid when they change to diff types of wood...notice the way the music sounds


well shit the bed
if you look at the position of the arm on the record player, it changes while the music does not. my guess is the music was added after the video thus it's fake.


Well-Lubed Member
Stupid. It's just generating semi-random bit patterns with the photo receptor.
Run any binary file through that algorithm. Let's see the rave reviews of the goatse audio.