This Contraption Cuts Vinyl Records From Digital Audio In Real Time

Sonic purists swear that everything sounds better on vinyl, and you know what? Spinning records is also just way more freaking fun. It's common to digitize your LPs, but what if you could easily do the reverse? This dude made a device that makes it easy to press audio files into albums in real time. » 3/12/14 8:48am 3/12/14 8:48am

Amazing 1956 Video Explains How Music Went From Concert Hall to Vinyl

Vinyl may have had its day—hell, some readers of this site may never have seen it in action—but for a small group of dedicated fans, it still lives on. This amazing 1956 video explains the process, which has actually changed very little over the last 50 years, of transforming performance into long-player. » 1/15/14 6:20am 1/15/14 6:20am

Melting Vinyl Records into Skulls Is Hauntingly Beautiful

Dead media like cassette tapes, video tapes, CDs, DVDs and so forth should die. I have no problem admitting that. They take up space, offer a worse experience and are just unnecessarily inconvenient now. Who cares that I have a CD tower filled with music? Where would I ever listen to all that? But none of that… » 8/27/13 10:23pm 8/27/13 10:23pm

Listen to Radiohead's Idioteque On a Laser-Etched Wooden Record

We've seen 3D-printed records before, and while they don't sound great, they're still pretty neat. Now the same mine behind those, Instructables' Amanda Ghassaei, has got another weird record variation to try out: laser-etched wooden records. It's only a slight step up in sound quality, but still totally cool. » 5/11/13 8:00pm 5/11/13 8:00pm

What Do Earth's Mountains and Valleys Really Sound Like?

If you zoom in on the surface of a vinyl record using a microscope, to the untrained eye it kind of looks like a series of mountains and valleys. It's actually the waveform representation of a song or other sounds, but what would happen if you took a map of the Earth's mountains and valleys and turned that into a… » 4/08/13 1:05pm 4/08/13 1:05pm

Before Cassettes and CDs, Boomboxes Played Vinyl

MP3s, compact discs, and even cassette tapes made our music portable, but before they arrived, vinyl records were pretty much the medium of choice. And with a little help from Sharp, people were still able to enjoy those giant (relatively speaking) twelve-inch discs wherever they went with this impressive old-school… » 3/05/13 3:20pm 3/05/13 3:20pm

Jack White's Next Record Will Be Printed On the Bones Of Humans Past

Bizarre human being and Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes has the honor of creating the next installment in Jack White's record label's, Third Man Records, fantastic Blue Series. The coolest part, though, is that some of the 7-inch, three-song singles are going to be printed on old medical x-rays. » 2/05/13 4:33pm 2/05/13 4:33pm