vinyl record animations
vinyl record animations
apr 25, 2012

vinyl record animations

the vinyl record designed by michael hansen creates an animation themed to the music while spinning on the turntable



danish designer michael hansen has created specially printed double-sided vinyl records as a means of visualizing music through a stop-motion-like animation, produced naturally by the effect of the disc spinning on a turntable. the project was developed for a two-track recording by modern classical composer allan gravgaard madsen.


both the album cover and the surface of the vinyl are designed specifically for the song recorded on that side– ‘waves’ or ‘crystal tapestry’. the images on the record itself (a 33 1/3 RPM) create moving animations when played on a turntable and lit with a strobelight at 50 to 60 Hz.



0:00 – ‘crystal tapestry’ ‘animation’ under strobe lighting
1:10 – ‘waves’ ‘animation’ under strobe lighting


vinyl record animations full view of the record side ‘crystal tapestry’



vinyl record animations full view of the record side ‘waves’



vinyl record animations album cover, from left to right: ‘crystal tapestry’ side; ‘waves’ side



vinyl record animations detail of ‘crystal tapestry’ cut-away album cover



vinyl record animations


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  • Such an old idea.

  • so soulful…
    this could be very nice with an \’endless rain record\’…
    Bicycle Wheel Animations by Katy Beveridge are spiritually very similar…

  • The UK band Sculpture has also released animated records.

  • I\’d forgotten how wobbly records were! Nice, can\’t believe no one ever did it before!

  • SO BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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