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. The track called Fraxinus (Ash) is a recording of a slice of an Austrian Ash tree sonified on the Years installation in 2012.
Bartholomäus Traubeck is a media- and soundartist based in Vienna, Austria. His works are being exhibited internationally in places like the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, the Melbourne Recital Hall, the Digital Art Center Taipei or Salems' Peabody Essex Museum