In rotation: 6/8/16

From a galaxy far, far away comes the holographic Star Wars vinyl record: Few pieces of music are as instantly recognisable as the Star Wars theme tune, and now you can watch the vinyl record as well as listen to it. In a galaxy far, far away (or Los Angeles to be more precise) a fine art holographer has devised a technique for being able to put holograms on records, and after making his holographic debut on an album for Jack Black, Tristan Duke has now turned his attention to Star Wars.

Have we reached peak hipster? Sainsbury’s is now the UK’s biggest vinyl record retailer: In this morning’s first quarter results statements, Sainsbury’s said since it reintroduced vinyl record earlier this year after 25 years of just CDs, it had achieved an eight per cent market share, making it the UK’s biggest vinyl record retailer. The retailer announced plans to begin selling vinyl back in March, with vintage hit albums such as Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Bank and Bob Marley’s Legend joined by modern classics, such as Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black and Adele’s 25. The LPs retail at between £12 – £20.

Weird Record Alert: Scratch and Sniff Farts and Liquid/Blood-Filled Vinyl: If you’re into collecting vinyl, you’ll know that can be more to it than just picking up that new release or reissue of a classic album. If you’re willing to spend some time hunting, you can get some really weird and gross stuff. Jack White and Third Man Records released his solo song “Sixteen Saltines” in a vinyl form that featured some blue liquid sandwiched in the middle, so when you play it, everything sloshes around. Very limited edition, very expensive.

Build your own record player with this six-step guide: We can think of a few reasons why a DIY deck is a recipe for disaster but if you do fancy a go, a user on Instructables has shared this suspiciously simple six-step guide to creating your very own turntable. In fact, the last step is to enjoy your creation so there’s only really five…Apparently in total the DIY deck costs just $20, which is even cheaper than the most basic Crosley turntable and it may even sound better.

Vinyl fair in Kendal this weekend: The Kendal vinyl record collectors fair of the year returns to the parish hall on Kirkland on Saturday (June 11) from 9am until 3pm. There is free entry with new dealers from Manchester, Huddersfield, Burnley, Bolton and Scotland. Bring along your individual items or collections for free on site valuation by the experts and get involved with the rebirth of the Vinyl record.

Canada’s only vinyl plant acquires automated record pressing machines: Whether they’re being purchased to actually be listened to or simply for hipster cool points, vinyl records are seeing a seemingly unstoppable resurgence. So it was with open arms earlier this year that the industry welcomed Toronto’s Viryl Technologies, a manufacturer of highly automated record presses. These advanced machines possess modern enhancements that allow them to “make a perfect record”, while their ease of use theoretically allows a worker to operate two at once.

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