Bartholomäus Traubeck: Years

Posted by Bryony Quinn,

For the first minute of this film by Bartholomäus Traubeck, I recommend you enjoy the quiet build-up by wrapping your head around the elegant and technically fascinating set-up that allows a custom record player to play the rings of a tree. How each cross-section of wood is interpreted is totally unique; Years uses a special stylus arm that maps the strength, thickness and rate of growth of a tree’s rings, this data, combined with the overall appearance of the wood (dark/light etc) is translated into harmonious piano sounds. So, an old hard-wood has a pleasing complexity and depth while a younger tree will play a softer, simpler tune. Lovely.

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Posted by Bryony Quinn

Bryony was It’s Nice That’s first ever intern and worked her way up to assistant online editor before moving on to pursue other interests in the summer of 2012.