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This past week saw the 60th anniversary of Roger Bannister’s sub-four minute mile. Today, another speed barrier has been shattered by a dedicated professional. His name is Jack White and he has created the most technically impressive vinyl album ever.
White’s 11 track Ultra LP entitled Lazaretto comes packaged with two hidden tracks revealed at two different speeds, dual groove technology allowing for acoustic and electronic versions of songs, a hand etched hologram of a spinning angel by Tristan Duke of Infinity Light Silence, and many more bells and whistles improving the sound quality of the songs. Amazingly, the creation of such an invention will have minimal effect on the price, making little more than a regular record.
The improvements are all due to the creative grooves of the vinyl, which direct you to either place the needle on the outer edge or the inner edge depending on the side. Placement of the needle can also effect the version of the song that can be heard, though the grooves are still designed to blend together at certain points making it a labyrinth of musical choices.
“We’ve pulled off a lot of interesting ideas within this one LP,” White says in an introductory video. “Many of these have never been attempted before… of course there’s no knowing unless you go through every record ever made.”
This announcement of the vinyls features comes at the heels of White’s record breaking recording and packaging of the vinyl’s title track in under four hours. These back to back advancements in vinyl creation makes the imminent release of Lazaretto highly anticipated.
White has been active sine the early nineties but is most known for forming The White Stripes with then wife Meg White. There career produced many hit singles including Icky Thump, Seven Nation Army, and Blue Orchid. White has also branched not the world of film having sung “Another Way to Die” with Alicia Keys for the 2008 James Bond film Quantum of Solace. He has also acted in films such as Cold Mountain and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.
White’s albums hits stores June 10th. You can pre-order it on iTunes here.