A New Spin on Vinyl Records

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July 1, 2016

Amanda Ghassaei, a former editorial staffer at Instructables and current grad student in the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT’s Media Lab, has developed a workflow to convert digital audio files into 3D printed records that can be played on an ordinary turntable. Her first effort, a lo-fi approximation of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” first made waves in 2012. The sound quality may evoke memories of the Kenner Close-n-Play phonograph, or a fuzzy AM radio signal from a far-off station, but beneath that layer of noisy imperfection, the song is more than recognizable. She has gone on to print a number of songs, and her conversion algorithm was used to print the world’s first original song to be released on a 3D printed record: Down Boy, a 12-inch vinyl single by British electronic dance-pop artists Kele Okerefe and Bobbie Gordon.

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