Beyond Mere Vinyl Records: An Introduction to Zoetropes

Back in Victorian times, people were entranced with the moving images created by a device called a zoetrope.  Static pictures in a cylinder seemed to come to life when the cylinder was rotated.



The principles used in these ancient parlour curiosities have been recently resurrected by a certain type of vinyl records–basically intricately illustrated picture discs–which are also being called zoetropes.  When spun on a turntable, these records reveal moving images.  Some describe these as hidden music videos.

Zoetrope vinyl

Here’s a zoetrope of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill.”

kate-bush-zoetrope gif

The Vinyl Factory has this list of the ten most gorgeous zoetropes in existence.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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