December 22, 2012


Listen to Nirvana, Daft Punk & Radiohead on a 3D Printed Vinyl Record

While the existence of 3D printers still boggles my mind—machines that create physical objects from digital models? The future is now!—these technological marvels aren't taking us into the realm of Star Trek replicators just yet.

The most recent reminder: A vinyl record, created using a 3D printer, that plays songs from Nirvana, New Order, Pixies, Daft Punk, Radiohead, Joy Division and Aphex Twin. Whoa.

You can listen to it above. Although the songs are totally recognizable, the audio quality is, well… let's not use the word "quality" at all when speaking of this record.

That being said, you have to marvel at the fact that innovative people can create a device capable of turning mp3s into grooves on a vinyl record. Of course, it will be 10 times more impressive and useful when said music is actually listenable, but, you know, baby steps.

Meanwhile, this early-warning video should allow the RIAA plenty of time to figure out a blundering overreaction to this latest form of "music piracy."