Turntables can certainly be used to make art – but I usually think of them as a tool for auditory creation, not visual so much. Not so in this project, which transformed a couple of ordinary turntables into a drawing machine.
There’s just something extremely romantic and cool about record players. I think it’s because there are a lot of romance movies out there that have the main character put on a record and play it at the onset of a particularly romantic and sweet scene.
We have seen plenty of the USB connected turntables over the years that can play your vinyl records and convert the track to digital files. The devices are perfect for the people that want their old school tunes on an iPod or other MP3 player.
Strangely enough, we’ve already featured two geeky examples of fossilized artwork. The first one featured robots, while the other one had rocky renditions of popular gadgets. Here’s a third from art and design studio Bughouse, featuring retro devices rendered in cement.
Despite the fact that the technology is ancient by digital standards, animated GIFs seem to be enjoying a bit of a renaissance. But beyond the thousands of pages of animated GIFs turning up these days on tumblr, there’s now a device which lets you view these primitive animated artworks without the need for a computer at all.
I don’t know where Fast Co. Design got this statistic, but apparently “only 10% of regular headphone consumers” know about the audio company Sennheiser. Industrial designer Matthew Lim thought of a way of helping the company boost it’s popularity, primarily with the 24- to 35-year old demographic.
I spent most of my younger years banned from touching my dad’s record player and collection of vinyl. I blame MTV for all the record scratching that was popular then for the death of my dad’s Thriller album.
What you’re looking at here isn’t just a vintage record player. It’s actually a fully-functional gaming PC.
This old Bakelite Zenith record player has even had its turntable replaced with a visible DVD-ROM drive – which looks absolutely perfect with those Verbatim simulated vinyl CD-Rs.
When I think of how I might get a record to play continuously, I think back to my childhood and all those stupid square cut-out records you got inside MAD Magazine or on the back of a box of Super Sugar Crisp and had to tape a penny to in order to keep them from skipping.
Fancy yourself a DJ Hero? Looking for a new coffee table? I may have found the perfect thing for your living room.
The Scratch DJ coffee table from Bughouse features a distressed image of a pair of turntables and a mixer under its glass top.
Weighing all of 48 lbs, VPI’s award winning Scoutmaster turntable is a literal heavyweight. But now it’s got a big brother, the TEAC VPI Scoutmaster II, with an aluminum block platter that weighs 19 lbs and a total weight of 53 lbs.
You know, I was just thinking that what I needed was another extra piece of hardware to go with my gaming consoles, because even with Balance Boards and fake plastic instruments, there are still a few square inches of space in my living room.
Here’s a fun little sound system you can connect to your portable media player. ZumReed’s Pocket DJ Speaker looks like a tiny little turntable.
The mini speaker is small enough to carry on your keychain, hang from a briefcase, bookbag or purse strap.
Tokidoki has recently come out with a watch that looks like a turntable, and I’ll be the first to go on record as saying it looks fantastic.
The Tokidoki watch is presented in a much more tongue-in-cheek rendering than this other turntable-lookin’ watch.
Here’s a fun way to get satisfy your inner DJ. This little application for the iPhone and iPod Touch uses the multi-touch screen to let you “scratch” audio tracks just like a real turntable.
MixMeister Scratch lets you choose from a bunch of digitized scratch sound effects, then lets you perform some turntable wizardry on any tune you’ve got loaded into your iPhone or iPod Touch.