Listen to a seagull skull used as a turntable needle

It still sounds better than the average Crosley record player.

July 4, 2016

You can always count on Reddit to unearth the musical weirdos of the world. Here, submitted for the approval of r/vinyl, is multimedia artist Michael Ridge playing a 7″ of British birdsong with a seagull skull used as a needle.

You might want to turn your speakers down for the abrasively chirpy “needle drop” but after that we agree with the artist’s assessment that it works “surprisingly well”:

Perusing Ridge’s Vimeo page, it seems he’s conducted similar vinyl experiments with a crab claw, cactus, and ice cream cone. There are varying degrees of sonic clarity, but they still sound better than the average Crosley.

“It’s a living!”

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