Monday, June 27, 2011

Record player made from only from paper

strictly speaking this is not a post about motion graphics, however I am allowed to wander off-topic from time to time arn't I....?

This is one of the coolest ideas I've seen for a while - very analogue, but brilliant design.

Designer Kelli Anderson concocted a novel approach to the wedding invitation for her friends Karen and Mike: turn the paper invite into a playable sound device. The couple even made and recorded their own song for the occasion.

The device itself plays music without electricity or circuits. You may recall the FlexiDisc, the inexpensive records (normally made of vinyl, not paper), as seen in magazines, books, and comics. Here, a sewing needle is the entire playback mechanism, amplified by the paper and the kinetic energy of a person using their hand to rotate the disc. Working with her partner and music podcaster Daniel, Kelli turned to the power of geometry.

They discovered that the “tent” needed two loosely-swinging bends to allow the record needle to travel as freely as possible. By creating two parallel folds, they made the angle at the peak of the tent variable as needed.

At the beginning of the track, the ideal angle of this peak is about 15 degrees. By the end of the track, the arm needed to stretch further towards the center of the flexi, with an ideal peak angle of about 35 degrees.

Paper Record Player from kellianderson on Vimeo.
If you do want to play the results on a proper turntable, you can drop the same flexidisc on your (electrically-powered) record player for better sound. For more details, go on to Kelli’s blog:
A Paper Record Player - and listen to the song the couple wrote for everybody.

I think there is something so cool about this idea - that you can play a message or music without any electricity - something that might come in handy when all the oil runs out and we move into a post-technology world....or failing that just a hell of a nice way to get a party invitation.

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