Developed by one Birtalan Laszlo, a comprehensive new site has popped up dedicated to the visual delight of the coloured vinyl record.
With a well organised archive of over a thousand examples (growing by the day in a participatory fashion), it’s not only one of the most extensive online collections of coloured records, it’s also far and away the most accessible (not to mention, aesthetically pleasing), allowing users to search by colour, size, genre, style, artist, label and release year. If that wasn’t enough, it also allows for ordering capability via Discogs.
Also featuring picture discs, collectors items and special pressings, it’s a nifty little tool for anyone interested in the creative possibilities of pressing to wax, as well as collectors looking for a more visual approach to their craft.
Though throughout the years a debate has raged as to the artistic merits and sound quality related to the picture disc (Is it a kitsch tactic, for instance), we look at them as not just collector’s item or practical medium, but also as object for further artistic curation, appreciation, and exhibition. What do you think? What kinds of left field projects can emerge from such a database?
I went through the Dance/Electronic section of the website and picked out a couple of records that stood out to me. Why? No real reason…they just look cool (amongst other highly subjective explanations), which sometimes is reason enough!
Check out the entire collection – HERE
…because its Ghostbusters
…because they created electronic music AND hip hop
…because it makes me hallucinate
…because 80s John Carpenter synth is THE BEST synth