Wired paid a visit to the workplace of Amanda Ghassaei, an employee of San Francisco’s Instructables, where she used algorithms (?!) and scanners (?!?!) to create versions of vinyl records that could be printed on a 3D printer. They sound like shit, but that’s not that point… basically it’s really cool to see her fly above the tiny grooves of a real record like something out of Rebel Assault.
The needle drops and a series of high, repetitive whines come from the album. Then a crackling sound, and a muffled guitar riff. Finally, Kurt Cobain’s voice — audible, but distant and hollow, like he is singing in a tunnel with a scarf over his mouth.
It’s about the worst version of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” you could find. But it is awesome all the same for its totally unique medium. This particular LP is part of the batch of the first records ever to be created on a 3-D printer.
“It’s really stripped down, it’s down to the bare essentials,” she says. “It’s never going to be as good as vinyl. It’s not really set up for that. But it’s cool because you can really be creative with it.”