Hipsters rejoice! Turn table cuts vinyl as song plays, so you can now own your very own custom-cut record

New technology from German engineer debuts at this year’s SXSW festival

Many baby boomers have spent countless hours converting their vinyl records to MP3 files so that they can listen to their favorite songs on the go, whether it’s by headphones or Bluetooth portable speaker.

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A German engineer by the name of Souri Automaten has done just the opposite. His technology is called “Vinyl Recorder” and it’s an effortless way to cut a new record in the time it takes for a song to play all the way through.

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To use it, the user connects the record lathe to a music player and hits play (hard, I know). Once everything’s in motion, a diamond stylus will cut the vinyl record in real-time based on the sound vibrations produced from the playing music.

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Vinyl Recorder made its debut on the trade floor at this year’s SXSW. One thing to definitely note about this is that it ain’t cheap—at $4,000, it’s not for your average hipster. What it could be cool for is bands who want to create limited-edition vinyls of new releases without having to meet the minimum quota larger facilities impose on them.

Check out Automaten’s Vinyl Recorder in action below:

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Whole Foods to start selling vinyl records

Organic food supermarket dips its toes in the music industry

Whole Foods, the organic food supermarket of choice for the modern day hipster, is looking to cash in on the recent vinyl revival, and will begin selling vinyl records at five of their California-based stores, including Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Pasadena, Santa Barbara and Venice.

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Company uses the ashes of the dearly departed to make vinyl records

Morbid business model proving quite popular in recent months

No doubt, losing a loved one is tough. To help get through the trials and tribulations of grief, some people take extra measures to specialize the circumstances. For instance, some like to put the ashes of the dearly departed in fireworks and have it fired towards the heavens . . .

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. . . but measures like this pale in comparison to what And Vinyly is doing – you see, the UK-based company specializes in taking a loved one’s ashes and turning them into actual, playable vinyl records.

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Record company releases limited edition Gatsby records made of precious metals

Disks are pretty sweet looking, will cost you a couple hundred bucks

For whatever reason, Third Man Records is releasing not only a limited edition gold record of the soundtrack for The Great Gatsby, they’re releasing a PLATINUM set too.

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The soundtrack itself is awesome — it was produced by Jay Z and features the likes of Andre 3000, Florence + The Machine, Jack White, and many more big name artists. And there’s no denying the fact that these precious metal disks are pretty dope looking — each one is assembled by hand and comes packaged in a laser-cut birch wood LP jacket which, oh by the way, is riveted to aluminum spines.

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But doesn’t this all seem like an exorbitant waste of moola? In a release promoting these promotional materials, the company wrote:

All of these elements (gold, platinum, aluminum, wood and brass) showcase the Art Deco-meets-modern style, classic meets cutting edge, which is the essence of The Great Gatsby film and Third Man Records.

Part of me is shaking my head and yet, another part of me is reaching for my wallet.

If you’re a fan of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, were really taken Baz Luhrmann’s silver screen adaptation, or otherwise are a collector of anything and everything remotely related to Leonardo DiCaprio, then you can head over to the Third Man Records website and complete your pre-order for the record set today.

The cost: $250.

Don’t have that much coin to burn but want to learn more about how they were able to do this? Check out the creation process below: