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Listen to Your Favorite Song on a Tortilla

Listen to Your Favorite Song on a Tortilla
Arts & Culture

A YouTube user named Rapture Records has made short and functional "tortilla records"

Teo Armus
  • 14 july 2015

Back in April, the Internet went abuzz over a very ridiculous (and very fake) video showing that putting a tortilla on a record player would produce the “Mexican Hat Song.” One YouTube user took this idea and made it a little more real, crafting a musical tortilla that actually does work on a record player. By etching grooves onto tortillas with a laser cutter, an account named Rapture Records transferred 30-second samples of songs that can be played almost like vinyl.

In addition to the hat song, Rapture has uploaded several videos featuring tortillas playing other classics—such as “Macarena,” “Yakko’s World” from the Animaniacs, and “Puttin’ on the Ritz” (specifically, the version by none other than Taco, a Dutch a one-hit wonder from the 1980s.)

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Because a record needle transfers any sort of pattern into vibrations, these songs can be played as long as the tortilla is relatively dry. (Given the sound clarity—or lack thereof—in the videos, Rapture might want to consider unclogging the dough from their record player’s needle.)

Still, one question remains left to be answered: Can you eat this tortilla? According to Rapture, yes: The video shows them taking a bite out of their musical flatbread.

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Lead image: Screenshot of video by Rapture Records

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