Watch a Needle Ride Through LP Record Grooves Under an Electron Microscope

in Music, Technology | June 30th, 2015

Last year, we highlighted a 1956 video from RCA Victor which demonstrated how vinyl records were made back in the good old days. If you have 23 free minutes, you can get a pretty good look at the production process — the live audio recording, the making of a master disc, the production of a mold, the eventual mass production of vinyl records, etc.

Almost 60 years later, vinyl is making a comeback. So why not let Ben Krasnow, a hardware engineer at Google X, give us a much more modern perspective on the LP? Above, watch Krasnow’s stop motion animation, made with an electron microscope, which shows us a phonograph needle riding through grooves on an LP. Much of the 9-minute video offers a fairly technical primer on what went into making this stop motion clip in the first place. So if you want to get to the action, fast forward to the 4:20 mark.

If you hang with Krasnow’s video, you can also see him take some microscopic looks at other media formats — CD-ROMs, early forms of DVDs, and more.

via Devour

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  1. Monica MacKeachan says . . .
    July 11, 2015 / 6:25 am

    #record #recording #vinyl #vinylrecords #needle #workout
    #groove #grooves #modern #classic #juxtaposition #magnification #enhanced #vision under a #microscope
    #visionary

  2. David Reaves says . . .
    December 6, 2016 / 2:10 am

    Fascinating! It might be interesting to show a scale of some sort, in order to compare the actual relative sizes of the ‘grooves’ of the various media. I’d bet the LP groove would hold many, many (hundreds, perhaps?) DVD grooves, for example.

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