We have heard about the ashes of the deceased being scattered at sea, shot in space, or even pressed into diamonds, all in the name of achieving some sort of immortality status after death. A company, however, has decided to go the extra mile with their post-life offerings. Their idea? Pressing the departed’s ashes into a playable vinyl record. Which means, people not only get to remember someone in their thoughts but also through their ears.
Behind this unique endeavor is a company that goes by the punny name of And Vinyly. If the name itself does not make you cringe a bit, its vision as a business might: to help the departed “live on from beyond the groove.” As Open Culture puts it, it is enough to make the deceased “literally spinning in their grave… on a turntable.”
And Vinyly was founded in 2009 by UK-based musician and vinyl collector Jason Leach as a concept originally conceived just for fun. Eventually a lot of people liked the idea enough that he just kept the business going. It is also an expensive service, which can cost around $4,000 for 30 copies of the record, all of which contain the ashes of the lost loved one.
Unfortunately, copyright-protected music is not allowed, so don’t expect to have your favorite songs included in the vinyl. However, you can fill it with any other sound of your choice on each of the vinyl’s 12-minute side. It can be a voice recording, nature sounds, or maybe just silence. And if you want to go the extra mile, you can hire musicians to record some tracks for a fee or get an electronic music producer of your choice to lend his services.
One can also avail of extras such as album cover art, with an option to have James Hague of the National Portrait Gallery in London and/or street artist Paul Insect to create the artwork; extra copies to be distributed at record shops worldwide and a £10,000 ($12,000+) “FUNeral,” where your record will be played at your funeral.
For Jason Leach, this is about the power of sound and how it can impact many. “Sound is vibrating you, the room, and it’s actually moving the air around you…and for me that’s powerful,” he says. ,”That’s what’s so powerful about hearing someone’s voice on a record.”
Check out this video to learn a bit more about Vinyly and how its service helped a man honor his mother’s memory