Here I am going to be looking at some 12″ Vinyls that all have taken a different approach from just a standard out of the box vinyl. I’m going to be looking down a fine arts kind of route for this one though it may cost a bit there will be no harm or cost in mocking these ideas up!

I will be referencing all the following information from http://coloredvinylrecords.com/blog/25-unusual-and-creative-records/ and will be picking away at the ones I like and the ones that may be realistic to create for this project.


Third Man Records was handling the vinyl release of the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Their limited-edition version of the soundtrack is pioneering a never-before released method for vinyl records. Both LPs in the set are blindingly reflective metallized discs. Disc one is platinum and disc two is gold. These are the first-ever commercially available records made using these precious metals via this process. Not stopping there, the records come housed in an entirely unique laser-cut wooden LP jacket riveted to aluminum spines. All of these elements (gold, platinum, aluminum, wood and brass) showcase the Art Deco-meets-modern style, classic meets cutting edge, which is the essence of The Great Gatsby film and Third Man Records.

This idea would be fantastic for Daft Punks huge send off release and the platinum really does it for me going way back to the days where they first hit the charts with their classic looking logo with a platinum gel finish.



Limited to 300 copies, Perfect Pussy’s Say Yes To Love was pressed on a clear vinyl, infused with singer Meredith Graves’s own blood. Now this one is beyond crazy but I like the way that it has been mocked up. Also I like the idea of having a booklet instead of having a fold out sleeve.


The latest, special edition vinyl release of John Williams’ soundtrack for Star Wars: The Force Awakens features 3D holograms of the Millennium Falcon and a TIE fighter carved right into the vinyl itself. Coming from Walt Disney Records, the new release is a double-gatefold, 2-LP set on 180-gram vinyl, and includes liner notes by director J.J. Abrams in a 16-page booklet. The records have been hand-etched by holographer Tristan Duke of Infinity Light Science who created the hologram art featured on Jack White’s Lazaretto LP. For optimal viewing, use a direct light source or simply hold a mobile phone flashlight above the vinyl to view the holograms. The vinyl also features Direct Metal Mastering (DMM) for an optimal listening experience. You can view a video showing the holograms in action here. Though this seems to be a great idea it would cost a lot of money and could easily go wrong. I want to design something unique with the limited resources I have got, this gives good practice to problem solving and finding other ways around projects.


Normally, laser etching is only done on a non-playable side of a vinyl record. However, with some tweaking, laser etching can be done also on the groove side of the record without affecting the playing grooves. If hit by a light, the etching reflects in polychromatic colors. Watch a video of Split Enz’s True Colours spinning on a turntable. This may be a cheaper option of the one above though I feel again it wont be good practise within problem solving.

Now I’m going to go off into another post looking at costing and such to consider my options.