57 Responses to “Working record made from ice”

  1. Fantome_NR says:

    I wonder what it would sound like to play the mold…


  2. I can’t wait for a DIY CD like that.

  3. First the 3D printer thing, and now this.  What is the obsession?  Yes, various materials can be used to move the needle on a phonograph.  We get it!  What’s next, self-assembling carbon nanobot LPs that also sound like crap and fall apart in 30 seconds?

    • Meiles02 says:

      A point (pardon the pun) well made. I’m not putting this slushy dribbling claptrap on my Linn Sondek. They could have at least supplied a pack of Epotek 301-2 and a suitable release compound – that would give it a couple of plays at least, before a stylus is ruined. But forget the dissolving record metaphor (yes very clever) the destruction of the turntable itself should be metaphor enough?

      • Itsumishi says:

        The article says they’ve run 50 or so over their turntable without any serious damage. The recording is single sided and only a 7inch so presuming 45rpm it shouldn’t run over 4.5 minutes, after which anyone sensible will remove the melting record. Unless your record player is sitting in a room thats over 30 degrees you’re not going to have too much melting in that time.

        Of course the needle might take some damage as it would get a little damp, but don’t stress yourself too much, not everyone is using the LP12, and there are plenty of shitty needles in the world that no one will miss.

    • Scott Elyard says:

      That would be pretty awesome, but not as cool as a record made out of ice.

    • euansmith says:

       “sound like crap and fall apart in 30 seconds?” What, are we discussing the winners of Simon Cowell programmes?

  4. Matthew Bondy says:

    So just play it outside or would the cold cause some sort of problem with the record player?

  5. thatbob says:

    These should only have been distributed to the lounge/club/bar DJs employed in the Ice Hotel industry.

  6. gorfulator says:

    Maybe the professors meant you can’t make a QUALITY ice record!

  7. Jim Saul says:

    This is the most creative copy-blocking DRM I’ve ever seen.

    “Information wants to be liquid!”

    Oh hey, if Sublime releases one like this, must the buyer use dry ice?

    • fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

      Flexplay and DVD-D were two commercial implementations of self-destructing media that didn’t even have the decency to justify their folly through some sort of artistic novelty…

      Neither have exactly set the world on fire, last I checked, and both do create a rather strong incentive to rip the DVD before it degrades, which might not be the outcome that the producers intended.

  8. solstice2005 says:

    Like, for being one of the chosen few, I would risk damaging my turntable with the melted water!  Stupid idea!  But now it has been shown that it can be done and that it should not be repeated.  Next stupid idea to appear on BB?

  9. crummett says:


    (I’m the first one? Really?)

  10. xzzy says:

    People who live in Barrow finally have their decision justified!

  11. Heevee Lister says:

    Most folks who are dedicated enough to play vinyl have invested some serious money in their rigs.  Play this on a Linn turntable with a Grace pickup?  I don’t think so.  How about a Kenner Close ‘n’ Play?

    • Itsumishi says:

      Citation please. Most Vinyl lovers I know collect most their records through cheap ebay sales and play their records on thrift store rigs. I spent $170 on a new shitty turntable and my friends thought I was being fancy.

  12. TheOven says:

    Nice way to wreck your needle. Better be one helluva song…

  13. Atomicpanda says:

    Ah, the warmth of vinyl. 

  14. robcat2075 says:

    And the reason they sent that to “10 fans and press” is because there’s only about 10 people on the planet who still have a turntable set up.

    I’m reminded of “Crazy Harry” in the Funky Winkerbean comic strip who would play frozen pizzas on his record player. That was in the 70’s.  I don’t know how he handled the transition to CDs.

    • shutz says:

       You really need to get out more.  While it’s still a niche thing, vinyl is gaining in popularity.  New vinyl records are being pressed every day, and old records can still fetch a premium if they’re in good shape.  The big HMV store, here in downtown Montréal, has been expanding its vinyl section for the past 3-4 years.  It went from a small rack to taking up a whole wall.

      I understand you were exaggerating when you wrote that “there’s only about 10 people on the planet who still have a turntable set up” but you’re not just wrong, you’re way off the mark.

    • freshacconci says:

      You do know that CDs will no longer be produced within a few years and sales of vinyl continue to rise every year, right? Vinyl will ever again be what is was, the dominant format, but it has returned in a big way (not that it ever actually disappeared — ever hear of DJs and turn tabling?).

      • Harold says:

        According to the film Back to the Future, CDs will become obsolete in the year…well, I forget what year they were supposed to be in. But someday I’ll watch the film again and record the date. On that day in the futurre, perhaps I’ll return here and add that date as an addendum to my reply.

  15. chris jimson says:

    Lesson from the video: make sure your freezer is level, or the disc will be wobbly sounding.

  16. Stjohn says:

    The only ice near my SL1200’s better be in my cocktail.

  17. oldtaku says:

    The other trick besides distilled water is to boil it twice. Easy way to make super clear ice cubes at home, though other things that help are a metal tray and slooowly building them up one 2mm layer at a time.

    For this, freezing the bulk of it first and then adding one more thin layer with the actual grooves should really help, because then you don’t have all the remaining bubbles in the bulk bit trying to freeze at the very top where your grooves are.

    Edit: Cool sidenote – The Brits and Canadians were looking at making warships out of ice in WW2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Habakkuk

  18. Daemonworks says:

    Hurray! Records that short out your record player!

  19. John Wiseman says:

    Artist Katie Pierson did this a few years ago: “Sound recordings from three glaciers in Iceland, pressed into three records, cast, and frozen with the meltwater from each of these glaciers, and played on three turntables until they completely melt.”  You can listen to them at  http://www.katiepaterson.org/icerecords/

  20. euansmith says:

    I guess that the Heston Blumenthal version of this would includ a bottle of Liquid Nitrogen.

    Heston? Strange first name. I wonder if he is named after Charlton “From My Cold Dead Hands” Heston? If so, quite appropriate.

  21. Robert Moser says:

    One step closer to Dethklok’s water recording!

  22. sigismund says:

     a White Walker DJ.

  23. MissCellania says:

    A brilliant  marketing move. It’s hard to get blogs to post “just a music video” these days, but add some new geeky gimmick, and this video is all over the place. People who would have never heard this band’s music will hear it, even if in scratchy ice, or at least hear their name. They only sent ten kits and get tons of coverage. Bravo!

  24. John Neumann says:

    I’ve read that you shouldn’t play a wet record (e.g. immediately after washing it) because the glue that holds the diamond tip to the stylus cantilever is often water soluble. That’s where the damage would probably first occur.

  25. flickerKuu says:

    This isn’t very well thought out. Between destroying $100 needles and shorting out $1000 record players, I see no point in even trying this. 

  26. Has anyone made any cracks about “ice nine” yet?

  27. Ted Bautista says:

    RIAA’s wet dream. self destructing media you’ll have to buy again and again

  28. doomslang says:

    There’s two things that are suspicious about this video.  The needle never moves towards the center of the record, also the needle is moved in the beginning after the music has already started.  So the video is absolutely not of the record playing in real time.  That alone isn’t enough to prove for sure that the audio is not an overdubbing of an actual ice record…But it’s kind of weird that an ice record would sound so much better than the 3D-printed records you guys recently posted…

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