Listen to the World’s First Concrete Record (Yes, a Record Made Out of Cement)

What is the best way to store music over long periods of time? Certainly not digital files. The glue holding the microscopic magnetic particles to tape dries out, eventually turned everything to dust. CDs are prone to a certain type of rot when oxygen breaks into the layer sandwiched between the two plastic sides of a compact disc. Until something better than vinyl comes along, that’s pretty much it. Storing music in plastic grooves is the most stable way we’ve discovered of preserving music.

Well, wait a second. There is something more durable. If we could chisel a musical recording into rock, it has a chance of surviving for thousands or even millions of years. But that’s impractical, right? Maybe not.

A German engineer named Ricardo Kocadag has developed the first record to be made out of concrete. To test it, he was encoded with the Stones “Satisfaction.” And you know something? It sounds okay. Learn more at Factmag.

Die Beton-Schallplatte in Aktion.So klingt die erste Schallplatte aus Beton. Wir hatten den Erfinder zu Gast im Studio. Wie er auf die Idee kam und was das Ganze soll, erzählt er im Interview auf BLN.FM > http://www.bln.fm/2015/12/probelauf-so-klingt-die-erste-schallplatte-aus-beton/

Posted by BLN.FM on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

 

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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  • January 2, 2016 at 10:36 am
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    One of the main problems of today is that there is a lack of information transfer from the analog period to the digital period. Already in 1985 we casted in the laboratories of Aalborg Portland in Denmark LP’s made from Ultra High Performance Concrete (10-20 times stronger than ordinary concrete). This material is originally developed bybHans Henrik Bache in 1978 and commercial used under the trade name Densit. To show the very dense micro structure at the surface, we casted LP’s and every micron of the mould was reproduced in concrete. The long player could be played but the needle of the player had a lot of wear. The same concrete was also used to fill and cast loudspeaker boxes because of the better vibration reduction compared to traditional concrete!

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