Published Nov 20, 2013Here's an idea that Jack White probably wishes he thought of first: Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke has a new solo single on the way, and it was uniquely created using a 3D printer.
The song is called "Down Boy" and it finds Okereke teaming up with singer Bobbie Gordon. It will be housed in one of four sleeves designed by Kate Moross. Proceeds will go to the music charity Nordoff Robins.
The technology to create the 3D-printed record was created by American researcher Amanda Ghassaei, who developed a program that uses computer audio data to generate a 3D printable file format for 12-inch record.
It apparently has wider, deeper grooves than a traditional record, and features a single mono channel and low-quality audio. In other words, this format isn't likely to supplant traditional record pressing anytime soon.
Watch a couple of videos about 3D printed records below, and read about it here.
Okereke's single will be available through Bacardi Beginnings, and will be sold at a pop-up shop in London, UK, next month. This is being branded "the world's first 3D printing record store."
Okereke will release his Heartbreaker EP on vinyl on November 25 via Crosstown Rebels and digitally on December 9 via Beatport. However, "Down Boy" isn't included on that release.