With all music heading to online streaming, I tend to buy my favorite albums on vinyl so I can cherish them for years to come. As my collection grows my need for space grows with it. So I had to quickly find a solution. Here's a simple project to create some stacking cubes that will hold records, books and more!
The digital library and streaming services are great for checking out new stuff, singles, and the mighty, might playlist, but the only real option worth pursuing if you're interested in building a music library is one of recording's oldest formats: the vinyl record.
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 wood.
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 old
For the third year in a row, the University of Alberta has broken the Guiness record for the world's largest dodgeball game. Nearly 5,000 (4979) participants gathered on February 3rd, beating the previous record of 4,488. I think the yellow team won.
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 own.
Artists Jean-Marie Delbes Hatim El Hihi have created their latest project: Live! I See Dead People, a collection of album cover photographs with the no-longer-living band members digitially removed.
The technique is outstanding, and the effect quite poignant.
In the era of digital entertainment and the cloud, it can be tough to store physical media. While you can snag giant hard drives with a footprint smaller than a single book, it can be tough to find a spot for those things you can touch. Particularly vinyl records, lps, albums, or whatever you like to call 'em. Milk crates have shrunk, and with the exception of IKEA's Expedit series, or expensive custom DJ furniture, it's hard to find cabinets or shelves deep and tall enough to handle those twelve inchers.
Unless, of course, you make it yourself. And while you're at it, make sure it can double as seating for your next music-filled get-together.
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:
...to the ambitious:
Ed Jarret has recently completed the world's tallest sandcastle on a beach in Farmington, CT. It took about six weeks to pile up the sand, and eleven days to sculpt it into shape. It's constructed from more than a million pounds of sand and 5,000 hours of combined labor, it sits at 35 ft. tall, and was built entirely to raise cash for charity.
Click play to watch a timelapse of this guy being sculpted:
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.
The World's Largest Skateboard, built by California Skateparks, is twelve and a half times the size of a standard issue piece. It's a full thirty-six feet long, nearly nine feet wide, and three and a half feet tall, making it the size of a city bus.
"Normally The World’s Largest Skateboard is ridden by several people at one time, but recently California Skateparks CEO Joe Ciaglia decided to take it a for solo ride while visiting Camp Woodward in Pennsylvania."
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 Apartment