Wednesday, 30 April 2014

THE RING CYCLE: THE SOUND OF A TREE ( with axe accompaniment )

Bartholom√§us Traubeck is a sound artist who specialises in creating music from unexpected sources. 

In 'Years' ( 2011 ) he has used the eye camera from a Playstation to read the data from the rings of an Ash tree. This data is then translated into a musical score by a program called Ableton Live. To us humans, music is an important form of mass communication. Do trees have the equivalent? Our anthropomorphic minds want there to be. The result is eerie and beautiful.

Below: Modified record player, wood, sleeves, 2011

In the punningly-titled 'Two Axes in a Forest' ( 2014 ), the artist loops the sound of guitars humming through one another. Where the imperfections in the manufacturing process prevent it being a perfectly resonant drone, a musical 'tune' is spontaneously created by the objects.

Below: Installation, Guitars, Amplifier, Transducers, 2014

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