Musical Magic: A Functional Record Made Out Of Ice

December 28, 2012


This is a video of a playable record made entirely out of ice. It was created for the Shout Out Loud's new single, 'Blue Ice'. You know, so it's an appropriate medium. Spaghetti? Spaghetti would probably make a terrible record even if your new single was called 'Meatballs & Parmesan'. Great, now I want Spaghetti Oh's for lunch BUT I FED THE LAST CAN TO THE CATS BECAUSE I RAN OUT OF KITTY CHOW. Maybe they didn't eat it all...

"One of the biggest challenges was that the bubbles made the ice cloudy and messed up the tiny tracks, which made the needle jump." Further trial and error revealed that using distilled water did the trick, giving the final product a nice clarity and even surface. Another insight? Time is not, in fact, on your side when working with a frozen substance; functionality and sound quality diminish immediately once the melting starts. A silicone cast allowed for quick and easy record removal, essential to ensuring it could be used straight out of the freezer.

This thing reminds me of 'Mission Impossible' and how all those secret messages would self destruct after 10 seconds. Except this is way less dramatic. If something is going to self destruct there should at least a fire or explosion, not a puddle.

Hit the jump for a video of the record getting played.

Thanks to brianna, who agrees a record made out of fire would be even hotter.

  • David D.

    Firstly - some of you people really need to reconsider why you even read this blog. why bother coming here if you think this kind of thing is a complete waste of time? it's at least interesting that this can be done in the first place.

    Secondly - I'm amazed that their breakthrough idea for reducing bubbles was using distilled water... that's only half the battle. There are still many dissolved gases in distilled water, and it's mainly dissolved gases that cause ice bubbles. All you have to do is google "make clear ice" to find the simple solution - boil it, then cool and freeze it. Unlike solutes like salt or sugar, which are easier to dissolve in hot water, gases are the opposite - heat the water, and they bubble out of solution. If you take distilled water and boil it first, you remove much of the gaseous problem - and instead of a hazy white ice record, you would get a near-crystal clear one, with very few bubbles to interfere with the record tracks. This is a great trick if you ever make ice sculptures or just want clear ice cubes... but I digress, I'm getting way off track. and i'm sure most of you haven't kept reading. purple monkey dishwasher.

    awesome article! I for one think it's a neat idea

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    You'll pay! Especially for that "purple monkey dishwasher" remark!!

  • Taylor Love

    my record player is ruined

  • sorry folks I cannot DJ tonight my record melted and my technics are not only water damaged but my house burnt down also whilst playing the record with my whole family inside.

  • Anthony

    This place allows for custom records that won't melt

  • Sylvain Gagn√©

    After listen the music, break the glass disk and put some piece in your drink and cheer!

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    Do you have hours to waste?
    Do you like to listen to barely audible music on an ever changing medium that gradually reduces any kind of sound quality?
    Do you want to repeatedly purchase distilled water everytime you want to hear a song?
    Do you like the idea of having your record player, as well as your furniture, drenched in water?

    If you answered Yes to all of these questions, then do I have the item for you!

  • Anodos

    "I would like this track on water" They finally found a way!

  • incog666

    You don't have to use water you could use melted plastic and make a real record

  • JJtoob

    Or... chocolate? LOL Ok, maybe it's not as hard.

  • cardstock

    "How can we promote our record while maintaining the lowest possible sound quality...I've got it!"

  • keith

    I honestly don't think it would even be possible for you to find a bigger waste for your time. I seriously think you could have sat staring at a corner and your time would have been better used.

  • Guest

    The band Rusty Maples did that same thing with coal.
    Because they spit hot fire. Right guys? Hey, right? Nailed it!

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