For audiophiles, there’s always vinyl to fit their hi-fi needs. For environmentalists, there’s now a sort of “tree vinyl.” As strange as it may sound, the new “Years” turntable by German audio engineer Bartholomaus Traubeck can produce music from actual trees.

Instead of a needle, the “Years” deck packs a tiny digital camera and light on the tonearm. Therefore, it reads LP-like slices of wood by scanning the tree rings for thickness, growth rate, texture, and color tone. Custom software then converts the data into playable piano notes.

Peep the video above to see it in action. Who knew trees could rival humans as composers?

[via Gizmag]