Top view of old fashioned turntable playing a track from black vinyl. Copy space for text

Can you spin a vinyl record TOO fast? Let’s find out.

How fast can you spin a vinyl record before all hell breaks loose and we’re treated to some awesome destruction?

Gavin Free and Dan Gruchy are The Slow Mo Guys. They train their high-speed video cameras (i.e. 12,500 frames per second) on things that are moving really, really fast so we can see what happens.

They decided to rev up a vinyl record to a speed where centrifugal forces suddenly break it apart into about 50,000 pieces. Watch.

(Thanks to John who found this at Laughing Squid.)

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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