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Watch this insane video of a vinyl record playing under an electron microscope

Viewing things really close up is cool, and possibly the greatest achievement of modern technology. The video below is concrete proof.

Ben Krasnow, a hardware engineer at Google X, has taken to the internet to share an animation of a phonograph needle running through the grooves of an LP under an electron microscope.

vinyl record needle microscope

Always wanted to view a stylus running through the grooves of record under an electron microscope? Yeah you have. And now you can.

Although very interesting, the nine minute duration of the video can get pretty technical, with Krasnow going into heavy detail of how he made the animation. If you want to skip past the science-y stuff and get straight into the action, jump to around the 4:20 mark.

Krasnow also takes a microscopic look at various other audio formats, including CD-ROMs, early forms of DVD, and more.

Check out the video below:

Interest in vinyl has been soaring of late as the medium’s popularity continues to grow. In their annual report, Neilsen Music (who gather statistics in the US) ascertained that vinyl record sales climbed 9% in 2017, selling a total 14.3 million units (up from 13.1 million in 2016), which accounted for 14% of all physical album sales.

“Every house and apartment should have records and record players in them. Things would be better,” Henry Rollins recently said of the vinyl resurgence.

Via Open Culture. 

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February 5, 2018

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