Kele Okereke from Bloc Party will be the first one to commercially release a 3D printed record. Together with a befriended upcoming artist called Bobbie Gordon he will be exclusively releasing the song ‘Down Boy’ at the first-ever 3D printing record shop in London.
This 3D printing shop will only be opened for two days, on Friday 13 December and Saturday 14 December. Customers can choose between four different sleeves created by designer Kate Moross at Studio Moross. The release of this song is part of the Bacardi Beginnings Project and all benefits of this release will go to music therapy charity Nordoff Robins.
Gordon is very proud to be a part of this project. “I’m proud to have provided the lead vocals on this track and my name’s on it,” she says. And to then release it on 3D printed vinyl – that’s just brilliant! (…) I’m really looking forward to hearing how it sounds. I’m so glad that Kele has chosen to work with me on this Bacardi Beginnings project.”
Although Orekeke is the first one to release a 3D printed record, he’s not the first person who’s experimenting with the concept of 3D printing records. Earlier this year researcher Amanda Ghassaei already told the world how to produce a vinyl record on a 3D printer via a blog on Instructables. Although the quality of the songs played on such a 3D printed record was low, you couldn’t deny the records definitely played the songs. Listen to music by Daft Punk, New Order and Joy Division on a 3D printed vinyl record:
At the time she stated to website The Vinyl Factory about this: “I’m not sure any of these ideas will ever overtake the current industrial processes that are used to create vinyl. I think the appeal of these techniques is for DIYers to get to experiment with the process by creating their own custom one-offs.” However, it seems like the first signs of 3D printing melting with the record industry are already there with this release from Okereke. Here’s a video about the project featuring Okereke, Gordon and Moross: