A wedding invitation that plays a record? I bet you haven’t received an invitation as cool as this! Except, of course, if you are one of the 150 guests of Karen Sandler and Mike Tarantino who received this awesome wedding invitation.
Designer Kelli Anderson wanted to create something original for the wedding of her friends and since Mike (the groom to be) is a Grammy-nominated audio recording engineer, she came up with a paper record player that plays the recorded by the future bride and groom.
The hand-spun record yields a garbled, but scrutable listening of an original song by the couple. It requires a bit of tinkering and folding —effectively championing the inner science-nerd kid in the recipient. The whole thing serves as an interactive packaging for the song—which can be experienced on the paper record player, unscrewed + set on a regular turntable, or enjoyed online (for the non-nerds and/or audiophiles out there.)
The resulting booklet is comprised of a cover, two inner pages, a letterpressed band (with instructions and a tear-off RSVP postcard), and a flexdisc on a screwpost. The recipient bends the second page of the booklet back to create a tented “arm.” With the needle placed, they then carefully spin the flexidisc at 45 RPM (ish) to hear the song. The sewing needle travels the length of the song and produces the sound. Its vibrations are amplified by the thin, snappy paper to which it is adhered. To keep the needle down on the record, we reinforced the back of the “tent” with a spray-mounted half page of heavier cardstock. To reduce friction between the acetate flexidisc and the backing cover, we had the inside of the booklet laminated to be slick and conducive to hand-spinning.
Check out Kelli’s site if you want to know more details on how they came up with this masterpiece.
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