This was bound to wind up in my collection at some point. So Avant Garde, I could almost hear the sneers from my less-nerdy metalhead brethren. But look, I'm a Naturalist, and this jives with me in lots of good ways. Vinyl recommended. The trees do talk, indeed.
It's absurd and perturbing music/material. It lets me believe trees do speak, while it causes me a feeling of accomplishment, of a dream come true. Innocent music somehow and beautiful most of all.
Are the algorithms for the generation of the music detailed somewhere?
Favorite track: Fagus (Beech).
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.
This record features seven recordings from different Austrian trees. They were generated on the Years installation in Vienna, January 2012.