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This wooden record lets you listen to Radiohead the low-tech way

Artist Amanda Ghassaei managed to take a digital copy of a song and laser etch it into a slab of maple, thereby creating a wooden record

TechHive intern and beard maven Albert Filice has been playing around with a 3D printer and managed to make a 3D-printed necktie. As impressive as this is, it looks like he may have some competition.

Artist Amanda Ghassaei managed to take a digital copy of a song and laser etch it into a slab of maple, thereby creating a wooden record. By etching Radiohead's "Idioteque", and the Velvet Underground's "Sunday Morning" into the wood using Python, a PDF, and a lot of math, Ghassaei may have unintentionally created sustainable music.

But what kind of quality are we talking about? Ghassaei spills the beans in herInstructables guide and says that the record "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)."

If that makes sense to you, then this project may be right up your alley. I, on the other hand, may just stick to picking up digital albums on iTunes andvinyl on Amazon.

While the project files look complicated and full of mathematical equations, Ghassaei has put together a ten-step guide to convert your music from WAV files into a format you canuse to turn your digital music into analog wooden files, thankfully.

It may not be efficient, or audibly pleasing enough to add these records to your music collection, but it would certainly make a great conversation starter on theshelf next to your turntable.

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