Have You Ever Heard Radiohead's 'Idioteque' ... on Wood?
Listen to Radiohead and The Velvet Underground played on the world's first laser-cut wood LPs
... Third Man Records might be making LP covers out of laser-cut wood, but software designer Amanda Ghassael has made an actual LP out of the same material. Ghassael used a 3D printer to cut three songs into wood discs--Radiohead
's "Idioteque" into plywood and The Velvet Underground's "Femme Fatale" and "Sunday Morning" into a maple. There are limitations to the process--the grooves have to be about 10 times wider than they are on normal vinyl, for instance--but soon, everyone with a 3D printer or laser etching capabilities should be able to ruin their turntable needles with ease. Ghassael detailed her whole process for Instructables, and it's pretty nerdy. She found that the tracks that work best (and work is a relative term here, because the songs just sort of sound okay on wood) are "very full in the lower to mid range, but also very sparse overall." More Great Job, Internet! Watch Donald Glover, Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, and The Wire's Andre Royo buy records Listen to Radiohead
and The Velvet Underground played on the world's first laser-cut wood LPs ... [ read more ]
Hear Radiohead's 'Idioteque', as played on the world's first laser-cut wooden vinyl
... of the cut and some tricks I used to avoid crashing the laser cutter dropped the actual precision down by ~1/6). The audio on the records has a bit depth between 4-5 (typical mp3 audio is 16 bit) and a sampling rate up to about 4.5kHz (mp3 is 44.1kHz). Ghassaei has also made the vector files available to download, allowing 3D printer owners to produce their own bespoke pine-yl. The optimum tracks to use? "Songs that are very full in the lower to mid range, but also very sparse overall are best". [via The Vinyl Factory] Hear Radiohead
's 'Idioteque', as played on the world's first laser-cut wooden vinyl ... [ read more ]
Thom Yorke (vocals, guitar)
Ed O'Brien (guitar)
Jonny Greenwood (guitar)
Colin Greenwood (bass)
Phil Selway (drums)
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Their original name was On A Friday. They switched to Radiohead in 1989 because it was the name of a Talking Heads song.
They started playing together and writing songs in 1987. They waited until 1991 to sign a record deal and start recording because they wanted to finish college. Their first album came out in 1993.
Used the first "Active Buddy" computer program to promote their album Amnesiac. Called "Googly Minotaur," it was programed to chat with fans and answer questions about Radiohead. The program is an extension of the AOL Instant Messaging system.
Radiohead's first #1 album was Kid A, released in October 2000. A few months later, Amnesiac debuted at #2 and sold 25,000 copies more then its predecessor. The albums were recorded at the same sessions.
All the members of Radiohead were students at Abingdon School (near Oxford). They all still live nearby.
Johnny is Colin's younger brother. When he started playing with the rest of the band, he was only 13.
Their 1997 album OK Computer was made in a manor near Bath owned by actress Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman).
Yorke was born with a paralyzed left eye. It has been partially corrected through various operations. Continuing with the "eye" theme, Johnny is colorblind.
Yorke says he was inspired to become a rock star after seeing Queen guitarist Brian May on television.
Yorke has done duets with both R.E.M., Björk and PJ Harvey. (thanks, Tara - philadelphia, PA)
Their 2003 album Hail to the Thief has been hailed as their "return to rock" album. Though it debuted at #3 on the charts, it sold more copies on its debut than any of their previous albums. (thanks, Jeff - Kendall Park, NJ)
O'Brien is 6'5''. He was a barman for a time before joining the band.
Selway is nicknamed "Mad Dog" because of his good manners. It's kind of like when a fat guy is nicknamed "Slim."
Thom Yorke (Mojo, April 1995): "We're a mess. But it's a great mess, a glorious mess."
Yorke's left eye was affected by ptosis, meaning a drooping of the upper eyelid. He's had several surgical operations in an attempt to correct the condition.
When he performs, Jonny Greenwood wears a splint on his right arm. This helps protect his wrist and ease muscle fatigue. Plus, he likes the ritual of putting on the splint before shows, comparing it to a boxer taping up before a fight. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 5)