We have heard of 3D printed records, being printed in clear resin on a professional 3D printer. The rise of 3D printing, offers intriguing possibility of printing customized vinyl records. A UK company called And Vinyly offers music fans an interesting post-death “alternative”: get your ashes pressed into a vinyl record using 3D printing technology.
And Vinyly’s service was launched in 2009 under the guidance of British entrepreneur Jason Leach. It offers an array of services, and even accept cremated pet remains. For £3,000 (EUR3,485 / USD4,586) And Vinyly will take your ashes and press them into a record. The audio must be supplied by you, it can be music, a vocal recording or complete silence to let loved ones hear your pops and crackles.
Besides this basic package, you can also order your own sleeve artwork designed by either National Portrait Gallery painter James Hague or street artist Paul Insect, or have your record distributed through reputable vinyl stores worldwide.
Though Leach said that they have received “hundreds” of enquiries, so far And Vinyly has only four clients who used their service, “including a DJ who had his played at his favourite club as part of his dying wishes and an Amsterdam artist named Francesca Grilli who had a classical score specifically written for her passing.”
But if you decide to use their service, remember your audio should be no more than 24 minutes (12 minutes on each side), and And Vinyly says also they are not responsible for any copyright violations committed by material you supply – so choose carefully, there is no way you can change your mind.
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