So this is the kind of thing that really blows my mind. The Music of Trees.
I have no idea how it works, or how the program or the tech chooses which notes correspond to the bumps and grooves of each of the tree rings and honestly I don’t care – I just find it completely fascinating that it works or that someone thought of how to make it happen. That someone (in this case a fellow by the name of Bartholomäus Traubeck) was looking at the concentric rings on a tree and made the connection that they were somehow musical. Perhaps its not as far fetched as I am making it, I mean for a long time records were grooved like trees, and maybe it has been done or tried before but this is the first I’ve heard of it.
But, it makes you wonder…
Can other lives be measured just as musically? Can a human’s life be composed of such a symphony of sounds? Does anyone know if our orbital resonance has been translated this way? Can you imagine the song you are producing? The song you make when joined with another? The song a mother or father passes from child to child to child?
The ancients thought so. There are creation myths about the world being born of song (ala Tolkien and the Silmarillion), the musica universalis, the song of the universe.
Music is magic to me – something that is infinite and constantly surprising and inspiring. I love the idea that all of life is music.
I have to wonder if the song is set however – in the case of the cross section of the Ash tree in the musical example. If the program chooses a different tone or frequency, does the song change? It’s pretty dramatic as a piano piece and you can just imagine the details of what the tree experienced from year to year through the notes… very very cool.