5 SPOT: Most Innovative Vinyls for Record-Loving Souls
In our world, vinyls aren’t made like pancakes. If that was the case, we’d all be trying to create our own bootleg versions by now, and they’d be much cheaper in price. Around since 1920, vinyls were typically made up of black plastic, also known as Polyvinyl Chloride resin, a material synthetically “made from the combination of ethylene (found in crude oil) and chlorine (found in regular salt).” To get the ‘classic look,’ we are more likely familiar with, is still a complex process. And with today’s new technology and more advanced marketing, the appeals of owning a vinyl have expanded. We like vinyls to have something to collect, for their packages, and even for how they’re pressed. In respect to Record Store Day, April 16th, here are the most innovative vinyls you might have never seen or thought could exist.
1. Heart-shaped Vinyl
Circle, Circle,…Heart? A vinyl with a new shape, especially a heart, might add another spark to your committed relationship with music.
(See below: Heart Vinyl for Father John Misty’s “I Love You Honey Bear”)
2. Ice Vinyl
Swedish, indie rock band, Shout Out Louds, took promotion of their upcoming 2013 album, “Optica,” to another level when they asked an agency to provide ten DIY kits to fans, which then allowed them to make a record of ice. The idea is as cool as the song that inspired it in the first place—“Blue Ice.”
3. Laser Cut Wood Vinyl
You’re basically using a tree to hear a song. How Crazy is that? This wouldn’t be possible without Amanda Ghassaei, who also developed the first 3D printed vinyl record.
4. Animated Vinyl
The vinyl isn’t the only thing you have to watch as it spins; images appear to move in the way of a zoetrope. WOW yourself completely with the ones this guy shows.
5. Liquid-Filled Vinyl
Musician Jack White might be the single most brilliant marketer. He is almost never boring, and the colors red, white, black, and yellow still come fresh to mind from his days in The White Stripes. And to connect even more with his fans, he took another creative step to make unique vinyl albums such like this one.
(Seen Above: Jack White’s “Sixteen Saltines” filled with blue liquid.