You can make a tortilla into a 78 RPM record, play it, and then eat it



For millennia now, humanity has dreamed of alchemy — turning base metals to gold. For maybe a couple of months now, humanity has dreamed of turning a tortilla into a 78 RPM record. And now, one of those dreams has finally become a reality. Not the alchemy one.

(Actually, thanks to nuclear reactions, we can do that too, but it isn’t cost-effective. Anyway…)

On Reddit, the person responsible — username UpgradeTech — explained that an uncooked tortilla works best. You can also eat the tortilla record afterward, if you want, but it tastes kind of burnt because you have to use a laser to cut the grooves into it.

Without further ado, then, the sound of a technological breakthrough we never thought possible, or thought of at all: “Mexican Hat Dance,” etched into a tortilla and played on a phonograph.

See here for clip.


2 thoughts on “You can make a tortilla into a 78 RPM record, play it, and then eat it

  1. Will, Don’t think I’ve commented here before, but I’ve been following your blog for a while – lured over via Bluebird’s. Enjoyable. Thanks for your work.

    Regarding the tortilla record: Like anybody has a 78rpm turntable! Okay, well, I do, but I’m a geek; mine has USB out. (A Father’s Day gift from the kids years ago. We actually have a huge stack of my parents’ 78rpm platters I’ve been hoping to transcribe to digital. One. of. these.days.)

    Wonder if that tortilla record stands up better (more plays) than the paper-thin discs produced in the latter days of LP’s?

    Speaking of unusual recording media, here’s a fun fack: Earliest known audio recording is a French woman singing “Au Clair de la Lune”, recorded in 1860 by means of smoke on a piece of paper. Wasn’t decoded until computers came along. Amazing that it exists at all.

    BBC News

    • Hey webworker, thanks! Glad you like it. 🙂

      My parents have a 78, and a bunch of old, old records from my grandparents. My dad, too, has said he intends to digitize them, but hasn’t gotten to many of them, just yet.

      Hadn’t heard about that smoke recording; awesome; thanks!

      Cheers! 🙂

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