LISTEN: Tree rings played like a vinyl record
Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 4:46 PM - It turns out the growth rings can do more than reveal a tree's age: They're also capable of producing beautiful, eerie music.
Artist Bartholomäus Traubeck attached an optical head to a record player which translates the colour variations on the rings into sound. The end result is a beautiful soundtrack that has been played millions of times online.
The project was completed in 2011 as part of an installation called "Years". It's been making the rounds across the Internet ever since, landing on Vimeo's "staff picks" list and picking up nearly 8 million views.
The video has become so popular that Traubeck has created an MP3 file of the tree ring sounds, which can be downloaded off the website Bandcamp.
Traubeck plans to debut a vinyl release this August.