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Couple Sends Record Player Wedding Invitations

samzenpus posted about 3 years ago | from the music-makers dept.

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kfogel writes "Karen Sandler (a lawyer at the Software Freedom Law Center) and Mike Tarantino (a professional musician) are getting married in May. They've sent out the coolest wedding invitation ever: a beautifully packaged flexidisc record where the invitation itself is the record player. The song was written by Mike, is performed by Karen and Mike together, and FTW is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. The person who designed the invitations — a friend of the couple's — has blogged about it."

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Slashdot the wedding (2)

suso (153703) | about 3 years ago | (#35828600)

I think this is an invitation for all of us to crash this wedding.

Re:Slashdot the wedding (1)

clang_jangle (975789) | about 3 years ago | (#35828682)

The miniature player is interesting, what I can see of it. In FF4 on linux the gallery stuff doesn't work at all. Probably one would need to enable javascript for some external site, but there are so many (including facebook and twitter js) I didn't bother looking into it, and instead just zoomed the thumbnails. It's a pretty cool little device.

Re:Slashdot the wedding (1)

karnal (22275) | about 3 years ago | (#35831410)

You had me wondering what the hell Final Fantasy 4 on Linux would have anything to do with this article.

Re:Slashdot the wedding (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35832884)

The miniature player is interesting, what I can see of it. In FF4 on linux the gallery stuff doesn't work at all. Probably one would need to enable javascript for some external site, but there are so many (including facebook and twitter js) I didn't bother looking into it, and instead just zoomed the thumbnails...

Javascript is required. I use NoScript and had to allow mashable.com and mshcdn.com to get the images to load. I have had this issue on many pages and have discovered that sometimes if I right-click the image and then select 'View image info,' then I can see what needs to be (temporarily) allowed for it to work properly.

Re:Slashdot the wedding (1)

clang_jangle (975789) | about 3 years ago | (#35833346)

I prefer not to allow js for anything, second choice is at least restrict it to the actual domain the site I'm looking at is hosted on. Obviously banking, netflix, and amazon require exceptions, but there's not much else I care enough about to bother with. If they're too lazy to make the content work with HTML and they're so into advertising that eight different domains want to run scripts, I stop investigating right there. The web is huuuuge, you know. :)

Re:Slashdot the wedding (1)

tautog (46259) | about 3 years ago | (#35829356)

I think this is an invitation for all of us to crash this wedding.

Hmmm... Is there a precedent for /.'ing a physical real-life event??

Re:Slashdot the wedding (1)

simoncpu was here (1601629) | about 3 years ago | (#35829672)

Hmmm... Is there a precedent for /.'ing a physical real-life event??

You mean crashing the 90 year-old war vet William J. Lashua's birthday? Yeah.

Re:Slashdot the wedding (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35831928)

The invitation itself was the viral meme that ensured its own delivery into anonymous hands.

Perhaps (3, Funny)

redemtionboy (890616) | about 3 years ago | (#35828608)

I might get a-round to replying to this one.

Re:Perhaps (4, Funny)

nitroscen (811508) | about 3 years ago | (#35828792)

I might get a-round to replying to this one.

This may the worst pun on record ever.

Re:Perhaps (3, Funny)

guppysap13 (1225926) | about 3 years ago | (#35828952)

You really turned the tables on him.

Coolest wedding invitation? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35828614)

---Slashdot

Shark

OMFG WFT *is* that? (2)

gr8_phk (621180) | about 3 years ago | (#35828828)

Everyone on slashdot under 30 is having a crisis right now, having never seen such a thing. Many under 20 have probably never even heard of a record player.. OMFG how does it make sound without electricity?!?!?! Ahhhhhh.

Re:OMFG WFT *is* that? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35828872)

I'm 29 and owned a record player in my youth.

I have destroyed your theory on the glorious field of Slashdot, and shall now dispense its lands and women to my supporters!

Re:OMFG WFT *is* that? (1)

jDeepbeep (913892) | about 3 years ago | (#35831516)

I recall having a fisher-price turntable. It didn't have the Grado cartridges like my father's upstairs did, but we used it daily for years.
full disclosure: I'm 25 years old (in base 16)

Re:OMFG WFT *is* that? (1)

Jarik C-Bol (894741) | about 3 years ago | (#35832796)

what is weirder, is the fact that somewhere, back in my youth, i had a book with one of these hand turned record players in it. think it played 'Mary had a Little Lamb' or some such nonsense.

Re:OMFG WFT *is* that? (0)

The Grim Reefer2 (1195989) | about 3 years ago | (#35828924)

This just seems a little silly. I'd rather get a song on a cheap USB stick.

I remember when I was a kid taking a pin and attaching it to a paper/styrofoam cup and playing records with it. The sound quality sucked, which is the case with this too.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not anti vinyl, I still have several hundred vinyl records(none of the ones I destroyed as a kid) and a fairly decent turntable. But this thing is going to make any song sound like it was sung by Mickey Mouse on a 5 day meth & vodka bender.

Re:OMFG WFT *is* that? (3, Insightful)

Splod (40032) | about 3 years ago | (#35829066)

this thing is going to make any song sound like it was sung by Mickey Mouse on a 5 day meth & vodka bender.

Way to get the point...

Re:OMFG WFT *is* that? (1)

The Grim Reefer2 (1195989) | about 3 years ago | (#35841210)

this thing is going to make any song sound like it was sung by Mickey Mouse on a 5 day meth & vodka bender.

Way to get the point...

I still don't get the point. Please explain it?

TIA

Re:OMFG WFT *is* that? (3, Funny)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 3 years ago | (#35828938)

My record players always used electricity. Sorry grandpa but the handcrank is for chumps and old geezers.

Re:OMFG WFT *is* that? (1)

XCondE (615309) | about 3 years ago | (#35834518)

Even so, a simple one will *still* work without electricity if you spin the record yourself. Plus you mean to tell us you have never seen a gramophone? Not even on TV or a movie?

Re:OMFG WFT *is* that? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35829020)

Grampa you know that a quick search to wiki and im already ahead of you in knowledge? Now get off my room!

Re:OMFG WFT *is* that? (1)

SeaFox (739806) | about 3 years ago | (#35832058)

This happened just yesterday to me at work. My coworkers were talking about movies they used to watch all the time as kids and the topic of Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf in the fully orchestrated audio recording came up. "Ah, I used to have that on LP when I was little" I said.

My supervisor said "What's an LP?"

Re:OMFG WFT *is* that? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35832696)

everyone i knew in college had record players and that was in '06

Re:OMFG WFT *is* that? (1)

Rogue Haggis Landing (1230830) | about 3 years ago | (#35832550)

Everyone on slashdot under 30 is having a crisis right now, having never seen such a thing. Many under 20 have probably never even heard of a record player.. OMFG how does it make sound without electricity?!?!?! Ahhhhhh.

The interesting thing is that this isn't necessarily true. In 2010 sales of vinyl records reached their highest level since 1991 [azcentral.com] , and grew by 14% last year, while overall industry sales were down 13%. You can buy turntables and LPs in youth-focused places like Urban Outfitters, and club and party DJs are far more likely than 6 or 7 years ago to have actual vinyl on their decks rather than just a couple of CD players and a laptop. An American 20-year-old today is, strangely, more likely to own a turntable than is a 35-year-old, who came of age in the 1990s, when LPs were supposed to be a dead form.

And it makes sense, in a way. We're in a post-physical era, in which most people don't see a lot of point to owning your music in a physical format. So owning physical music is a luxury, a quirk, even an affectation. In that case, why not vinyl? It has bigger cover art, more space for liner notes -- if you're going to do something unnecessary like purchase physical music, why not get the package that most highlights the advantages of consuming music in a meatspace package?

In the 1990s there were endless arguments about the "fidelity" of CDs vs. the "warmth" of vinyl. At this point people are so conditioned to listening 192 Kbps mp3s on their crappy iPod earbuds that the sound quality arguments sound quaint, and the advantages of CDs seem a lot less relevant. Vinyl certainly sounds better than an mp3 on an iPod. So why not?

Re:OMFG WFT *is* that? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35833712)

MP3s are the best thing that happened to the vinyl fetishists in a long time: Not only do you have to get over the fact that discrete sampling provides enough information to recreate a continuous signal better than a "continuous" groove on a vinyl record, you also need to understand why you can throw out most of that data, create a completely different wave form and still get a better representation of the original signal. That requires either a deep understanding of mathematics, physics and biology or a hell of a lot of faith. It's no surprise that people prefer to believe in something where they at least understand the concept. When this concept also provides lots of tunable parameters that can never achieve perfection but cost increasing amounts of money for an increasingly better result, you have a winner: Vinyl.

Van (3, Interesting)

Errol backfiring (1280012) | about 3 years ago | (#35828996)

I once saw (on TV) a record player that was shaped like a van. You would put the record on a table, and the van would drive over it in circles, playing the record. That was way cool, but I never saw it again...

Re:Van (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35829164)

http://gizmodo.com/#!116909/record-playing-vw-van

Re:Van (1)

gknoy (899301) | about 3 years ago | (#35829626)

Holy cow, what the hell did Gizmodo do to their site!? It went from something that loads fast to something that makes my poor browser want to cry while it tries to load the page.

Cool gadget, though.

Quick! Someone tell the Senate mailroom! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35829134)

What if someone makes these things with a Lady Gaga song on it, then sends them through the mail to our favorite Senators? They'd be all arrested and hauled off for accessory copyright infringement, those damn thieves! Oh wait, it's 2011 not 2021...

Not new (1)

JerryQ (923802) | about 3 years ago | (#35829478)

These were around 30 years ago??? Jerry

Re:Not new (2)

KingofSpades (874684) | about 3 years ago | (#35829808)

I remember seing a german paper record player like this one in the eighties. It was voice only and I was amazed. The sound on this one isn't that great. There is an other design with a paper-cone [youtube.com] .

Re:Not new (1)

cwgmpls (853876) | about 3 years ago | (#35830112)

You're right. Christian missionaries were using "CardTalk" cardboard record players in the 60s and 70s to distribute recordings of the Bible to areas with no literacy, and no electricity to play conventional recordings. I remember donating money for these as a kid. They are described here http://globalrecordings.net/en/cardtalk [globalrecordings.net] The missionary who came up with the idea states he got the idea from something he saw first in Ireland.

Re:Not new (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | about 3 years ago | (#35831946)

I definitely have seen a fold out cardboard that becomes a record player with it's own record. I don't think it was designed as a mailable invitation or greeting card though, I seem to recall it was a magazine insert.

asd (1)

manitee (2974) | about 3 years ago | (#35830028)

Like most things, a neat concept and even a clever implementation but the end result (the sound produced by playing the record manually) is jibberish. Before they played the song proper I couldnt even discern what the sound was. But at least you can play the record on a real turntable which, what, 1 in 10,000 households have in 2011.

Here we go again with people trying to be kewl with this kind of crap. Just send a piece of paper that says date / time / location and spend the extra money on having your reception and ceremony at the same place instead of making people drive and wait between the two.

I had one of these (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | about 3 years ago | (#35830244)

When I was a kid I had one of those cardboard and flexi vinyl 'record players'. It was a 'free gift' from the Tayto crisp company. That was about 35 years ago. Nothing new here except for the troubling increase in people wanting to share their private lives with complete strangers.

Self important chuds (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35830516)

I hate wedding paraphenalia, and the more clever and cutesy, the more I hate it. WHO CARES THAT YOU ARE GETTING MARRIED? Your "special day"? Give me a break.

I hate the idea that the time and money involved in doing this was all to advertise a party for a man and woman who want everyone to know that they love each other. Barfolicious.

Costly invitations (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35832616)

I wonder who paid for these invitations? The one who is a musician or the one who is a lawyer? lol

sad panda (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35833694)

sorry, but the first thing that came to mind was "what a waste of natural resources" (like all wedding invitations). just more junk for the landfill.

Paper record players are not so new... (1)

rwwh (989154) | about 3 years ago | (#35839068)

Nice thing about paper record players is that they last a long time. I have one that is 32 years old, and still works.... That means of course that the idea is not really new..... See http://bit.ly/happy1979 [bit.ly] for a recording I made today of this old masterpiece: an audio "Happy New Year" card in 4 languages.
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