What does a record made out of wood sound like?

Not great, but it's an interesting process. Maker Amanda Ghassaei decided to test how maple worked as a song-delivery medium by laser cutting her own wooden records. You can certainly hear the songs on each record, but Ghassaei explains the challenges of making high quality wooden records.


After 3D-printing her own records, Ghassaei decided to try her hand at laser-printing wooden records, and she posted a detailed account of her maker mission on Instructables. It's a fascinating read, as she explains not only how to make the record but how she approached making the record, starting with laser-cutting records in acrylic. It helped her test the quality of her cut (the laser itself was a limiting factor in the project), and for those of us in the listening audience, we get to hear the difference between acrylic and wood as a medium.

Here is Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" on clear acrylic:

She then moved on to cardstock-like paper:

Skipping was an issue with the wooden records, forcing Ghassaei to make adjustments in her process. While the final records are hardly perfect, it's interesting to see how different materials and processes affect the sound. In addition to posting the instructions, Ghassaei has also posted the vector files she used to create these records, in case you want to try making one of your own.

Now that we've made records of wood and records of ice, what is the next material for conveying music?


Laser Cut Record [Instructables via Geekosystem]


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She needs to use wood-related music:

"Feed the Tree" by Belly

"Norwegian Wood" by the Beatles