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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Vinylgue - seaweed-based "vinyl" new formula for our beloved discs

Vinylgue: the first green vinyl from algae manufactured in Britain

Thanking Nicanor Haon and Jaap Pees

This is a world first, it's made in France and no,you cannot really eat it ... Audiophile gourmets, it will take a manufacturer recovers edible vinyl Artisanal plant vinyls M Com'Musique based Ogères (Ille et Vilaine) completed its prototype of a Breton vinyl made from algae. An alternative to the use of plastics.

After much research initiated before the opening of its factory, M Com'Musique pressed and listened to his first vinylgue, a black furrow produced from a raw material in the Algopack society. The latter manufactures plastics materials properties from alternative materials to petroleum as waste and natural fibers including algae.

Small beads of algae instead of the polymers:

It is these algae, added a bit of plastic that caught the attention of M Com'Musique, and can be provided in small beads such as polymers traditionally used to make discs. "We see that the heater is a little more fibrous" explained one of the creators of M Com'Musique reached by telephone. It will therefore further enhance the base material in order to have the same sound results than traditional vinyl and adapt the rigidity of the groove to take care of needles phonos cells. These additional research and possible changes in the production process will require fundraising by the company to enable to start production in 2018 vinylgue.

vinyl master engraving

M Com'Musique going half speed ...

Alongside his research on vinylgue, M Com'Musique is preparing to relaunch the prized half-speed engraving. The process, already existing, is to burn twice as slowly the master disc lacquer used to make the mold vinyl pressing. It to store twice as much information and thus provide a better return to listening. As the name suggests, the process takes twice as long, but in the factory, the result is there.

... And launches albums sharing service for artists

M Com'Musique also offers on its website a service called "Split my vinyls" that allows artists who do not have enough music to fill a full LP filling an online form. An algorithm is then responsible for contacting the artists whose recordings periods coincide and to allow them to release a record in common.

I apologize for even worst English than usual... it's Google-translated from French;-)

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