Artist Bartholomaus Traubeck has created musical masterpieces, by playing trees.

He created a record player that translates the different colors and textures of tree rings into music. Rather than use a needle like a record, sensors gather information about the wood and turn them into piano notes.

Every tree sounds vastly unique due to varying characteristics of the rings, such as strength, thickness and rate of growth.

Keep in mind that the tree rings are being translated into the language of music, rather than sounding musical in and of themselves. Traubeck’s one-of-a-kind record player uses a PlayStation Eye Camera and a stepper motor attached to its control arm. It relays the data to a computer with a program called Ableton Live. What you end up with is an incredible piano track, and in the case of the Ash, a very eerie one.

Hats off to Traubeck for coming up with the ingenious method to turn a simple slice of wood into a beautiful unique arrangement. It makes you wonder what types of music other parts of nature would play.

stranger than fiction


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When I was younger, Streetwise Records in the early 1980’s put out fundamental music that would launch many influential movements from which we built off of today. Most of their tunes were designed for samples & dance remixes. Let alone were way too “experienced” for my virginal-like ears. Some of my favorite tunes had lyrics that went right over my head frankly, it didn’t matter though, I was going for the beat. One of my all time favorites was The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight. Complete with pink bubble gum vinyl! No liner notes. No picture of the band. Not one interview, ANYWHERE. They were a mystery. Until…

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Open letter to my Parisian friends n family: Just as you supported me/USA in our recent civil rights woes, I extend mon amour et de soutienn in your fight for#freedomofspeech. We are worlds away right now but you all are in our thoughts. We hear you!

My apologies that my one and only #blackandwhitechallenge is a stand against terror. But yet… not that sorry.

“I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

“It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back”

#jesuischarlie #vivelaFrance #PrayForParis #fin

Leprous 101

DAMMIT! I wish I went to another city to catch them play again. Le sigh. Maybe next time.


An interview with Norway’s progressive metal band Leprous. The entire band was kind enough to sit down with FourteenG, on their stop in Chicago. Just part of a mini North American tour, right off the heels of their slot on this year’s ProgPower. Dare we call them avant garde but as their album covers suggest, each is a bottled time capsule of their progression as seasoned musicians. So, why haven’t we heard more of them?! Maybe after this stint of the U.S. they won’t be our underground cult favorite. Without further ado, here’s a fun “getting to know you” piece of prog’s unlikely likely rock stars.



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“An illusion of peacefulness”


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2, I was prepared for. 3, I could handle but all 5 was a challenge! emojiemojiemoji I need to bottle #Leprous energy for sure! lol My 33:33min interview will be live on http://fourteengtheblog.com soon. A MUST SEE gig! Thank me later.@reggieslive emoji Takk guys! emojiemoji @tosemann @baardkolstadd #tourlife#Ihsahn #Emperor #prog #norway —- #Leprous interviewing in the green room. @reggieslive with @repostapp

The Devil’s Rejects

My interview of ex-Devildriver bassist, Jonathan Miller, is live at FourteenGtheblog.com. His healthy return to metal with his new band Bellum is such a openly honest conversation. So proud of this guy! Check it out.


It was February 6th 2011 at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago. Hangin’ with the usual suspects. Good times were afoot. Libations were had. Getting ready to sway to whatever DevilDriver was about to spew forth. We take our spot, stage right, next to the speakers. It begins…

“Um, where the fuck is Miller?” 

Jonathan Miller, the bassist. The dude we meet on DD’s first tour in the early 2ks. That dude who helped lay down that rhythmic foundation since the beginning of their conception. That full steam ahead, 5-ton truck, ready to assault your ear cavity. The one who didn’t treat us women in the industry like a piece of ass in shoes?! Yeah, that dude. He was gone.

Were we [at FourteenG] that out of touch? Had we been away THAT long?! Nope. It was just a jettison maneuver of a familiar member. R i g h t…

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