Someone actually went to the trouble of finding out.

WE ALREADY KNOW what trees would sound like if they could talk. Peter Jackson gave that secret away in the Lord of the Rings movies. But if they could play music, what might that be like?

Bartholomäus Traubeck, a 25-year-old German artist, converted a record player into a device that can “read” the rings from a cross-section of a tree. Instead of a normal needle, the player uses a PlayStation Eye that records information from the rings. It’s all then digitally processed to result in nature’s greatest hits.

I love trees. Ancient, majestic, grand, gnarly. I couldn’t imagine living anywhere without them. I hug them when I go into the forest. I’ve always wondered what stories they would tell if they could; they’ve seen and been through so much. Well, now I know.

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