So, there is actually a person out there that constructed a record player that plays slices of wood. I found this way too interesting to not post. Here is the information from the website discussing the ins and outs of what is being done.
“A record player that plays slices of wood. Year ring data is translated into music, 2011. Modified turntable, computer, vvvv, camera, acrylic glass, veneer, approx. 90x50x50 cm.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.”
“A limited edition recording of ‘Years’ can be found here.“
Here is a video with some of the recordings they have produced.
This is by far the weirdest and coolest thing I’ve seen in a while.
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Till next time….
David (Cali Dingo)