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Recordings of Banned Western Music Pressed on Discarded X-Ray Plates

I read this article and thought it was so beautiful that I had to share it with you guys. I am always amazed at how important music is to everyone across cultures. The length that people go to just to listen to sounds created by others is incredible. Enjoy. "Before the availability of the tape recorder and during the 1950s, when vinyl was scarce, people in the Soviet Union began making records of banned Western music on discarded x-rays. With the help of a special device, banned bootlegged jazz and rock 'n' roll records were "pressed" on thick radiographs salvaged from hospital waste bins and then cut into discs of 23-25 centimeters in diameter. "They would cut the X-ray into a crude circle with manicure scissors and use a cigarette to burn a hole," says author Anya von Bremzen. "You’d have Elvis on the lungs, Duke Ellington on Aunt Masha’s brain scan — forbidden Western music captured on the interiors of Soviet citizens."
I hope that these are being displayed somewhere and not being played too much, I wouldn't want these to wear out!
the one of the skull is so cool!
I could be wrong, but I believe the material of the scans were similar enough to vinyl that they could press the music into the xrays! @sbass
Incredible! I'm not well versed in how records actually work. How do these xray scans actually play music?
This is awesome--I wonder if any of these still exist and can still be played!! As weird as it is, I'd want to try one! I wonder if they used a normal record player, too
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