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Listen to Radiohead, Velvet Underground as played on wooden “vinyl” records

on May 10, 2013, 3:34pm

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A few months back, we introduced you to Instructables user Amanda Ghassaei, a young audiophile/inventor who had created instructions for making your own 3D printed vinyl records. Since that time, the Great Ghassaei (as she’ll henceforth be referred to) has expanded beyond the mere confines of vinyl and is now using lasers to cut music onto maple wood, paper, and acrylic. Someone get this girl in touch with Jack White or Wayne Coyne, STAT.

We’ll let the Great Ghassaei explain the details: “These records were cut on an Epilog 120 Watt Legend EXT to a theoretical precision of 1200dpi (the kerf of the cut and some tricks I used to avoid crashing the laser cutter dropped the actual precision down by ~1/6).  The audio on the records has a bit depth between 4-5 (typical mp3 audio is 16 bit) and a sampling rate up to about 4.5kHz (mp3 is 44.1kHz).” Okay, so the sound quality isn’t anything great, but when you consider she’s playing The Velvet Underground and Nico’s “Femme Fatale” on a slab of maple, I think you can forgive a little audio loss.

Below, you can listen to “Femme Fatale” along with “Sunday Morning”, Radiohead’s “Idioteque”, Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart”, and David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel” on various materials. For more detail and information that I’m way too dumb to understand fully, including step-by-step instructions on how to turn any MP3 into a playable wooden record, head to Instructables.

Radiohead – “Idioteque” (laser cut wood version)

The Velvet Underground and Nico – “Femme Fatale” (laser cut maple wood version)

The Velvet Underground – “Sunday Morning” (laser cut maple wood version)

David Bowie – “Rebel Rebel” (laser cut on paper version)

Joy Division – “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (laser cut clear acrylic version)

Now check out how the Great Ghassaei makes these crazy things.