Bloc Party Singer Releasing a 3D-Printed Record This Week

Printing in 3D is EXTREMELY hot.  If you’re into the stock market, you’ll know that a couple of companies have seen their stocks rise on the expectation that this technology is going revolutionize everything.

While there have been a couple of demonstrations of 3D printed records, they were more proof-of-concepts; to my knowledge, no artist has released a 3D record–you know, a proper singer or album.

That’s about to change.  Kele Okereke, the singer for Bloc Party, has teamed up with software engineer Amanda Ghassaei to fix that.  Or, more accurately, Okereke has taken Amanda’s instructions and run with them. 

A track called “Down Boy” will be available in limited numbers in London on December 13 and 14.  And because Amanda never managed to get a full song onto her test records, “Down Boy” will not only be the first-ever 3D printed record to go on sale to the general public, but also the first full printed 3D song, full stop.

Cool, no?  The full story at Gigaom.  And check out how this new technology works in this video.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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