Ashes to Ashes

Ashes to ashes, dust to… vinyl? Hardcore music lovers live and die music. Now, they can literally die music… or die on music… or something like that. UK company And Vinyly is offering people the chance to press their ashes into a vinyl recording of their own voice, their favorite tunes or their last will and testament. They warn that “minimalist audiophiles might want to go for the simple option of having no tunes or voiceover, and simply pressing the ashes into the vinyl to result in pops and crackles. The process itself involves embedding the ashes in raw vinyl before the record is pressed. This means that when the plates exert their pressure on the vinyl in order to create the grooves, the ashes are pressed into the record.” Founded by electronic musician Jason Leach, And Vinyly was the result of his mother’s job at a funeral parlor bringing death closer to home, and his realization that he “might not be invincible.” Vinyl immortality doesn’t come cheap. The basic package will run you £2,000 (about $3,100) for up to 30 LPs — and that’s without a personalized portrait (also containing your ashes), an original song, “global distribution of your record in vinyl stores,” or a FUNeral (for which prices start at £10,000).

Creative way to be immortalized or super creepy? I say the latter, but you have to admit, it beats being six feet under or trapped like a genie in a bottle.


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