What a tree rings sound like when put on a record player

Tree stumps look kind of like a record, right? So what would they sound like if played. It makes a tortured, yet beautiful sound of piano keys as it spins, using optics instead of a needle to read the notes:

The rings of a trunk reveal the age of the tree, and environmental conditions like rainfall levels, disease, and even forest fires. Light-colored rings indicate growth spurts, while darker marks show times of a slowdown.

Each slice is unique — a glimpse into the story of a tree’s past. Bartholom√§us Traubeck wondered what story those trees would tell. So he created equipment that could translate those rings into music on a record player. But instead of a needle, an optical sensor reads the wood’s color and texture. Then, algorithms convert those variations into notes on a scale, which is mapped to a piano synthesizer and played.

How Spongebob predicted meme culture

There’s a reason everyone at my University dorm fought tooth and nail to get Nickelodeon, and by extension Spongebob on our TV. It wasn’t because Spongebob is a window that we look back on a¬†carefree time when we weren’t bogged down by overwhelming existential dread (lol), but because even now it’s genuinely funny, extremely well written, and has some important morals that still ring true today.

Also the video above by Quinton reviews is pretty good.