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The hacked player uses PlayStation Eye to read a cross section of the tree's bark

by Mariella Moon | Last updated 12:15PM EST on January 23, 2012

Filed under: News | Audio/Music Players
We may never be able to speak with trees, but we can at least listen to their stories thanks to this hacked record player than can translate tree rings into music. The player called Years created byBartholomäus Traubeck, uses the rings from a very thin cross section of a tree's bark as a music sheet from nature.

Tree rings are most commonly used for dendrochronology or the method of dating trees. But when you feed the hacked player a
slice of the bark that's as thin as a record, it translates the rings
into haunting piano music instead. The needle found on typical players is replaced by the
PlayStation Eye, which serves as a webcam that reads the rings. The
thickness, strength, and growth rate of the tree where the slice of bark
came from are then analyzed.

The final piece is generated when
the results from the analysis are combined with data about the wood's
texture and color, giving us an overall view of the tree in an eerie,
poignant ditty.

[via TheNextWeb]


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