Music for Pieces of Wood: Bartholomäus Traubeck's 'Years' Plays Rings Around Your Priceless Vinyl Collection

By Ian Holubiak on Mar 07, 2014 03:20 AM EST

If you're an artist like Bartholomäus Traubeck, slamming tree trunks onto your weighted Rega turntable isn't a foreign concept.

No, it's just another installation.

Traubeck's newest is called Years--a converted record player that can play cross-sectional pieces taken from a tree trunk (with grooves and lines resembling, you guessed it, a record).

Hmm, interpretation at its finest? A true ecology of sound?

It's not necessarily nature's truest music because the device takes in data via a PlayStation Eye Camera and a stepper motor attached to the control arm, which is then transcribed in Ableton Live.

Interpretation, maybe, but it's definitely a pretty nice device that can garner sounds from Mother Earth.

And, in my opinion, that sounds a helluva lot more interesting than similar ones from Mr. Reich.

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TagsBartholomäus Traubeck, Years, Steve Reich, John Cage, Ableton Live

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