Making of the Symphony of Science 7"-Vinylsingle

Collectors Weekly hat ein superinteressantes Interview mit Ben Blackwell, dem Chef der Vinylproduction von Jack Whites Label Third Man Records. Die hatten damals auch die kleinere Internet-Meme „A Glorious Dawn“, in dem jemand Carl Sagans Cosmos und Sprüche von Stephen Hawking autogetuned hatte (Video hier), auf Vinyl gepresst, inklusive einer superlimitierten Glow-in-the-Dark-Version.

In dem Interview erklärt er unter anderem, wie das alles damals zustande kam und wie sie die Single gemacht haben. Die normale 7" bekommt man noch im Third Man-Store.

Collectors Weekly: Has Third Man done any other special, unique vinyl pressings?

Blackwell: We released a song called “A Glorious Dawn.” We credited it to Carl Sagan, but it’s basically audio taken from his “Cosmos” television series, remixed, rejiggered, and accompanied by a backbeat. We were introduced to it via a YouTube clip, and as soon as Jack saw it, he said, “We have to put this out.” So we contacted the guy who put it together who was really accommodating, and then we called the estate of Carl Sagan. They were very interested and could not have been more helpful.

We did a limited release for that record and called it Cosmos-colored vinyl. It was basically black vinyl with little glow-in-the-dark specks—if you held it up to the ceiling, it didn’t take much imagination for the record to look like the universe or the night sky. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before. To make that, United used raw, glow-in-the-dark vinyl—they just threw a handful in for each record.

When we did a pop-up store in London one Halloween, we took all the 7-inchers that we had pressed up to that point, repressed them on glow-in-the-dark vinyl, and coupled each release with new Halloween-themed picture sleeve artwork. We did 100 each of those titles—the demand far exceeded the supply. People are paying a couple hundred bucks each for them now if you look on eBay.

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