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Apr 25, 2012

DIY Idea: Wood Slice Turntable

8-Tracks never made it, cassettes are harder and harder to find, and CDs are certainly on their way out, but the vinyl record? Here. To. Stay.

If you head to any flea market, thrift store, or charity shop, you'll find plenty of functional, yet ugly and worn out, turntables and record players. What to do? Take them home, rip out the guts, and install on a nice slice of… read more

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Apr 04, 2012

The Worst Album Covers of All Time

Tastebuds, a new dating site that makes suggestions for potential partners based on what kind of music you like (huh...), has assembled a collection of the "Worst Album Covers of All Time." While I can't validate if these are hands down the absolute worst covers ever printed, as I've seen plenty equally awful in the bargain bins at thrift stores and garage sales, these are certainly among the most ill-conceived. Ever.

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Mar 26, 2012

Video: Artist Builds Drawing Bot Out of Hacked Turntables

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Robert Howsare, an MFA student in printmaking at Ohio University, built his latest work "Drawing Apparatus" out of two garage sale turntables and an various bits of wood and hardware. The results look like the… read more

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Jan 31, 2012

How to: Make DIY Record Crates (from Scratch!)

Physical music media have gone through a curious century. The vinyl album dominated for nearly 75 years, than gave way to a ten-year success of the cassette, which was left behind by the CD, with all the 8-tracks and mini-discs and other less successful technologies mixed in. And now, at least among those who are serious about music - a mix of the two extremes: digital, either as actual files or subscribed up the in cloud somewhere, and the original vinyl LP, still reknowned for its warm fideiity and large cover art.

Of course, modern furniture isn't built to house LP collections. They don't fit in contemporary milk crates, and most of those little flatpack cube-storage units are just a half-inch too small. So, it's time to build your… read more

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Oct 06, 2011

Cut Vinyl LP Portraits of Famous Musicians

Madrid-based artist artist Alejandro de Antonio has applied the cut vinyl record approach to portray the actual rock stars represented on the albums.

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Aug 11, 2011

Album Covers Come to Life with Sleeveface

I first discovered Sleeveface/sleevefacing/holdingupLPcoverssothesingersfacelookslikeitsyours over a holiday break a few years ago, and I basically spent the entire day after Christmas scouring through the entire archive.

Since then, the phenomenon has grown amazingly, resulting in a quite organized website, and a book! So, now, you can be like, "Oh, I wanna see a Ramones album," and...here you go.

The trend is defined as "one or more persons obscuring or augmenting any part of their body or bodies with record sleeve(s) causing an illusion." I'm pretty sure you can figure out the rest from the photos. Fun, right?

The choices range from classics:

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Dec 27, 2010

The CMYK EP

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Musician James Blake recently issued the CMYK… read more

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Jul 20, 2010

RE_VINYL: Original Wall Clocks from Upcycled Vinyl LPs

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Estonian designer Pavel Sidorenko has turned the recycled record wall clock motif upside down with this new series of laser cut LPs. Each piece creates a unique shape from vintage vinyl, making them appropriate for any room in the house, not just music or kitchsy themed spaces.

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Jan 29, 2010

How To: Room Divider Made from Recycled LPs

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Vinyl LPs - records, albums, 12"s, whatever you want to call them - maintain a cult-like following, even in 2010. Audiophiles love to collect and actually play them, hipsters like to pretend they own them, hip-hop producers are still sampling them, and all kinds of artists are paying homage to the analog days of yesteryear.

Me? I like to listen to the good ones, and make stuff from the rest. And luckily, so do Anne and Todd. They made this DIY room divider out of used LPs, which sets two spaces apart while still allowing one to see through, maintaining the airiness the room already has.

They don't provide an exact how-to at… read more

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