Diehard music lovers often contend that nothing compares to the sound of vinyl. There’s something pure, tactile, and appealing to the ear about a vinyl record. But what if the record’s not actually made of vinyl? In an attempt to push the boundaries of music, that’s what artists are trying to find out.
Now, old medical x-ray sheets can be added to the list.
Former White Stripes front man, and recent solo artist, Jack White has teamed up with the Butthole Surfers’ Gibby Haynes to release a seven-inch record printed on pressed x-ray sheets. Set to be released on Valentine’s Day 2013, the three-song single, entitled ‘The Gibby Haynes Blues Series,’ will feature two original tracks and a cover. In addition to his record company, Third Man Records, releasing the single, White also accompanies Haynes’ vocals on the guitar.
This certainly isn’t the first time that White has experimented with vinyl, and the one-upmanship nature of recording has pushed the industry in a creative direction few may have imagined. But for those who are worried that musical creativity is sacrificed for what may be seen as a production gimmick, here’s a description of the offbeat single from Third Man Records:
three blasts of psychic energy in the punk rock idiom exploiting a range of subjects from, teenagers on fire, Equine love affairs, and Recession shotgun stories.
There is one catch. While a standard version of the seven-inch vinyl is available through the label’s website, you’ll have to do a bit of traveling if you want one of the special-edition, x-ray pressed ‘flex-ray’ records–they will only be available at the Third Man Records Rolling Record Store at SXSW in March.
Does a sad song sound more painful if it’s printed on an x-ray of a broken arm? Maybe, but while these productions are clearly collectibles, it’ll be interesting to see if they have any noticeable impact on the music being produced. You can listen to a sample track from the single on the label’s website.
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