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31 OCTOBER 2014

Bartholomäus Traubeck: A record player that plays slices of wood

"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."

(Bartholomäus Traubeck)

A record player that plays slices of wood. Year ring data is translated into music, 2011. Modified turntable, computer, vvvv, camera, acrylic glass, veneer, approx. 90x50x50 cm. Thanks to Land Salzburg, Schmiede, Pro–ject Audio, Rohol Furniere, Karla Spiluttini, Ivo Francx, Christoph Freidhöfer, vvvv.




2011analogue correspondence • Bartholomaus Traubeck • Christoph Freidhofer • computational designconcentric circles • design interactions • experimental musicgenerative music • Ivo Francx • Karla Spiluttini • Land Salzburg • modified hardware • patternpiano music • Pro-ject Audio • record player • ring data • Rohol Furniere • rule-based work • ruleset • Schmiede • Schmiede Hallein • sliced • slices of wood • sonic artssound correspondencesound experiments • speculative interactions • speculative music • tree ringsturntablevvvvwood • Years (2011)


Anna Troisi
24 FEBRUARY 2004

Vorsetzer: Leather-covered Fingers

"The device is named the 'push–up player' in English, and in German it's the 'Vorsetzer', which sets before the keys. It is a cabinet, separate from the ordinary piano, which has leather–covered fingers to push down the keys. Inside the cabinet is the same pneumatic mechanism as in the pianola. These machines were produced for only a few years, until the piano manufacturers began making pianos with the player mechanism inside: the well–known Pianola! The Vorsetzer –– the push–up player –– is very convenient, however, for public concerts, because the concert hall provides a fine concert piano. For the same reason, it is very convenient to make audio recordings: just transport the Vorsetzer to a studio which is already equipped with a fine concert piano. This is much easier than transporting a concert grand player piano to the studio or the concert hall."



eather-covered fingers • mechanical devicemusical instrumentpianopiano music • pianola • player piano • push-up player • Vorsetzer

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