BARTHOLOMÄUS TRAUBECK

Years, 2011, Galerie Lisa Ruyter Vienna, Photo: Andreas Fleckl

Years, 2011, Galerie Lisa Ruyter Vienna, Photo: Andreas Fleckl

Bartholomäus Traubeck builds equipment to translate the information contained in tree rings into music.

Years, 2011

Tree rings can provide information regarding the age of a tree, as well as different environmental conditions that the tree experienced throughout its life time. This can allow researchers to understand ecological conditions such as droughts, floods, temperature extremes, fires and disease. Traubeck’s equipment translates the rings on a turntable, using sensors rather than a needle, that gathers information about the wood’s color, patterns, and texture, and uses an algorithm to translate that into piano music.

See Traubeck’s website