He Puts a Tree Cross-Section On a Record Player. The Result Is Hauntingly Beautiful

If a tree falls in the woods, and nobody is there to hear it, does it make a sound?

While that question has plagued humanity for countless generations, we’ve recently gotten the answer to a different, but equally awesome question: what is the music of trees?

That’s what artist Bartholomaus Traubeck decided to find out when he created the world’s first record player for trees.

Instead of a vinyl disc, Traubeck’s record player uses a cross-section of a log or tree trunk, using light to translate the different colors and textures of the tree’s rings into musical notes and instruments.

Because every tree has its own unique configuration of rings, every tree has its own unique “song.” Essentially, Traubeck has created a potentially unlimited library of “records.”