Artist Bartholomäus Traubeck has custom-built a record player that is able to “play” cross-sectional slices of tree trunks. The result is his artpiece “Years,” an audio recording of tree rings being read by a computer and turned into music, much like a record player’s needle reads the grooves on an LP.
The tree rings are actually being translated into the language of music, rather than sounding musical in and of themselves. According to Makezine, the custom record player takes in data using a PlayStation Eye Camera and a stepper motor attached to its control arm, and relays the data to a computer. A program called Ableton Live then uses it to generate an eerie piano track.
Though the record player “interprets” rather than actually “playing” the tree trunk, as Gizmodo notes, the song still varies with each new piece of wood placed on the turntable. via livescience.com
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Career advice for musicians
1. Release lots of music,
2. Conquer your backyard.
3. Skip the middleman.
4. Work with people who ‘get it.’
6. Own your publishing.
7. Learn the skills people want to rent to you.
8. Use the internet
9. Seed interest with freebees
10. Get everybody’s name/email and give them something free in return.
11. Use your artistry to educate.
13. Have fun; if you’re not having fun you’re not fully honoring your blessed talents and good fortune.
14. Plan and Be Attentive to Lucky Moments
15. Three decade + long careers almost always require one to be healthy