See a Cross-Section of a Tree Played Like a Record


Wrap your mind around this: If you stick a cross-section of a tree on a turntable, you can play it like a record. Well, it’s not that simple — the process also involves a motorized tone-arm tricked out with a PlayStation Eye Camera and the computer program Ableton Live. But the point is, when given this complex technological boost, trees will reveal the music hidden inside their rings. And it doesn’t just sound like noise, either! German artist Bartholomäus Traubeck has liberated a slow, ponderous piano track from his slice of wood and titled the composition Years. Even if you don’t totally get it (and we admit that we don’t), you can enjoy a video of the tree’s performance after the jump.

[via BoingBoing]