From Music To Monster
by Perry Michael Simon on April 7, 2011
I’m not sure whether this is cool or a desecration. I’m leaning towards cool, but I could go either way.
What is it? Simple: These guys are trying to raise money through Kickstarter for a business where they do laser cutting of old vinyl records, with the pieces then fitting together like a puzzle to create “monster art.”
This video explains it:
They say they have 20 different designs, “from Ants to Velociraptor to Pteranodon,” and they’ll send you one or more, depending on how much you pledge. A $25 pledge gets one 45 rpm single-sized “recordmonster” (shipping outside of the U.S. costs extra for all of these), $30 gets an album-sized one, $100 gets five singles, and so on. The deadline’s April 16th at 4:58 pm Eastern. You can pledge/order here.
The desecration part? Oh, well, as I’ve previously pointed out, I’m old. And as such, I still have a lot of vinyl records, crates of them, all waiting patiently for me to finally hook the USB turntable to the MacBook Pro and rip them to MP3s. I have loads of vinyl I got as a college and pro radio guy back in the day when labels and indies would ship massive numbers of promo copies to even the least significant carrier-current college stations, everything from familiar hits to a Fat-Bloated-Elvis impersonator singing “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” Fat-Bloated-Elvis style. I can’t bear to dump them on Amoeba Records or anyone else who’d take them, but they presently just sit there. They’d make fine monster puzzles. I’d never let that happen to them.
But I won’t stop these guys from converting their records to cool art. No formal endorsement here; we’re just noting what seems like a cool concept. If you’re interested, this is where to go.