The struggle to convert digital music into a tangible analog format.
It’s a little surprising how difficult it is to digitally fabricate a record, considering that records are about 50 years older than digital technology. There have been multiple attempts, included laser engraved experiment records and 3D printed Fisher Price records. The challenge is the combination of the relatively large size of records and the extremely fine detail required to produce recognizable music.
The newest attempt to convert digital music files directly into a playable physical form are these 3D printed records by designer Amanda Ghassaei. They play at standard speeds on standard turntables just like regular vinyl records. The only caveat is that the music plays at the low resolution of 5-6 bits compared to a 16 bit mp3 file.