The world is full of music, if you’re just patient enough to listen. Or, if you want to cut some of it up and throw lasers at it, it’ll probably say something then too.
You thought your hipster friend’s record collection was intolerable before. Wait until they upgrade from vinyl to wood.
If you’ve ever looked at a tree stump, you might have offhandedly thought, “Hey, that kinda sorta looks like the top of a record.” And I guess it does. But usually we just sort of leave that whimsical thought to itself and move on with the rest of our lives. But I suppose that’s why we’re not artists. Bartholomäus Traubeck, decided to follow through on the “tree/record” thought and the result is his work titled “Years”, which is a recording of the rings of a tree being read by a specially designed turntable and computer program that translates the data into “music”. Most of the sound comes from the PlayStation Eye Camera running over interesting knots or distortions in the patterns. The actual rings themselves seem to translate little in terms of interesting musical data.
The result is an interesting if uneven sound–at times haunting and beautiful if you can tough out the random plinking until something interesting happens. It also certainly makes for a cool visual. But, you know, this new album by “The Trees” is alright, but it’s so SUPER mainstream now. I liked ‘em better when they were “The Saplings” and played these really out of the way forests that you’ve probably never heard of. I’ve already moved on to this new band, “Bird Songs”. I’ll probably like them for a while until you start listening to them…