The music suggests bursts of growth followed by moments of quiet. A flurry of notes resolves on a deeply resonant minor chord. In the space between phrases, you can imagine the tree breathing. As they move between major and minor keys, chromaticand whole-tone scales, these scores evoke the serenity, chaos, and beauty of nature.Traubeck released a limited edition 12" LP of Years with actual wood veneer on one side, and the sound it generated pressed in vinyl on the other. Alas, those are no longer available, but you can download an mp3 albumof the songs of seven different trees. The composer has not indicated whether any trees were harmed in the making of the record.
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