Primal sound

Ted Riederer is a self-professed “One-time refugee from punk and sometime band member”, and who is now an artist whose work has been shown nationally and internationally in Berlin, San Francisco, Ireland, Brown University, University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Liverpool Biennial and Bangladesh.

Ted creates one-of-a-kind custom vinyl skulls made out of old records.

My work aims to explore the symbols of music, and music communities, for their redemptive power. When I was 16, my life fell apart, I joined a band and was saved. The vinyl skulls are based on a non fiction essay by the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke entitled “Primal Sound”. In this essay he ponders what sound the coronal suture would make as it closely resembles a sound wave. He proposes that this process of combining what seems like disparate elements initially to create something that the world has never heard, is a model for making good art.

Very cool. For the price of $400, he’ll create a unique skull with your choice of record.  Pricey, but perhaps not too crazy for one-of-a-kind, original art.

45s in your car

This RCA automatic record player provides motorists with up to two hours of continuous entertainment from 45 rpm records. Available as an accessory in 1960 Plymouth and DeSoto cars, it is the first automobile type to use readily available standard phonograph records.

This sounds to me like a recipe for destroying records, as the needle would have to be pushed up against the record so hard so it wouldn’t skip due to vibrations and bumps from the car…”A revolutionary, record-breaking technology.”

That being said, if it was good enough for George Harrison of the Beatles, it’s good enough for me.

We have a secret project at Third Man where we want to have the first vinyl record played in outer space. We want to launch a balloon that carries a vinyl record player.

— Jack White

Wristwatch turntable

Hot on the heels of the turntable wristwatch that I previously mentioned, behold the Wristwatch Turntable! This is for anyone who likes vinyl, or just wants the modern equivalent of a calculator watch.

ThinkGeek, who sells them for $79.99, says:

The Turntable Metal Wristwatch captures the bygone-newcome era of vinyl records by slapping a turntable on your wrist. True to form, this looks exactly like a turntable down to the most minute details. Unfortunately, even if you have a tiny vinyl record from your dollhouse, it’s not going to play on your watch. But it looks like it could, which is all that matters when you’re out on the town.

All you need is a tiny record, and you’re ready to rock.  Oh, and it also tells time.

Charlie Brown

Aren’t we all proud of our music collection in some way?  I’ve always thought that just about everyone feels the need to be in some sort of “club”, and they often define themselves by this.  For example skinheads, vegetarians, democrats/republicans, mountain bikers, emo kids, heroin users, the list goes on.

How many of us (at least partially) define ourselves by the music we listen to?

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