Bartholomäus Traubeck Rethinks…* the Record Player in a Glorious & Whimsical Way

 In 2011, German artist Bartholomäus Traubeck designed “a record player that plays slices of wood.” Named Years, the rethought turn-table translates year ring data into music. We are in a flutter of …* over this elegant, whimsical and wondrous idea/object.

Enjoy (you will) this 2 minute video of YEARS playing tree ring records:

(Source: Bartholomäus Traubeck via, published a year ago)

Of his process, Traubeck writes:

“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.” (


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