Being a devoted geek to all things turntable related, I was floored by this clip that showed up on my facebook wall today via my old friend, Susan McKellar. The video shows an incredibly unique turntable, designed to 'play' the rings contained in a slice taken from a tree using some type of visual reader in lieu of a stylus. The visual data outputs to an interface where it is run through an algorithm that converts the data into notes on a piano. Amazing and beautiful. This excerpt from the website explains more:
"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."
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