The Secret Songs of Plants


Sometime in 2011, Bartholomäus Traubeck noticed a certain similarity between tree rings and grooves on a vinyl record.

Being a multimedia artist, he rigged up a turntable that could play cross-sections of trees like albums, transmitting the data from the rings to a computer program that interpreted them as piano music.

Check out his website for more details and some incredible tree music.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →