Deciding how to honour our dearly departed can be extremely difficult, especially when it comes to their ashes. This UK company is putting a new spin on loving memory by pressing cremated remains into vinyl records – yes, you read that right. The ashes are sifted and spread across raw vinyl, then sealed into a finished record for all eternity.
And Vinyly customises the whole process for clients, loading the vinyls with audio chosen by them. It can be a loved one’s favourite song, a clip of them speaking set to background music, or complete silence. The distinct pops and crackles heard as the needle traces the ashes might be music enough to some people’s ears. The company will even provide the record with personalised cover art, either from supplied photographs or by the hand of their on-call painter from the National Portrait Gallery.
For audiophiles and music lovers, this is the ultimate send-off, and it can even be arranged long before you die. And Vinyly founder Jason Leach explains his peculiar business in the short film Hearing Madge below, a tender story of a life remembered through sound. The pressing can be arranged directly by email, and starts at 3 thousand British pounds.
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