If you don’t recognise it, that’s Daft Punk’s Around the World playing off a plastic LP created with a high-resolution 3D printer. It sounds awful, even worse than AM radio ever did, but that’s not what’s really important here. The fact that it exists at all is what’s neat, and it’s another example of how we’re just barely beginning to wrap our heads around the potential of 3D printers.
The custom-printed record was created by Amanda Ghassaei, a tech editor at Instructables, and she’s actually posted a rather thorough tutorial on how it was made. But even with access to a top-of-the-line 3D printer with a resolution of 600dpi and the ability to create layers just 16 microns thick, the plastic LP doesn’t have anywhere near the detail of a record created through traditional methods. And that’s why it sounds so incredibly terrible. Although, there’s probably some audiophile out there who prefers the crackling lo-fidelity sound of 3D printed vinyl to MP3s.