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.

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