With vinyl scare and various western music genres like rock and roll and jazz banned in 1950s Soviet Russia, enterprising music fans would create records using X-ray film discarded by doctors and hospitals. The records were cut with scissors — often unevenly — with a cigarette hole burned through the middle of the platter and the music itself pressed onto the film using a special recording device. The result is a “multimedia” record that, when held up to light, reveals the skeletal structure left over from the film’s original use.
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The fine folks at Open Culture have unearthed another treasure: A 1962 recording of Aldous Huxley lecturing on visionary experiences. I’m guessing albums like these were the TED talks of their day. Unfortunately, I can’t figure out how to embed it, but you can listen to it here.
Having transplanted himself from his native England to California in 1937, he eventually achieved great regard among the region’s self-styled intellectuals and spiritual seekers, giving talks at such mystically high-in-the-zeitgeist places as Hollywood and Santa Barbara’s Vedanta temples and even Big Sur’s famous Esalen Institute. But the prolific speech-giver also went farther afield, to far squarer venues such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There, in 1962, he recorded the album Visionary Experience: A Series Of Talks On The Human Situation:
Codename “Wet Willy.” Soon to be followed by the private text message deliver system, “Pull My Finger.” Olfactory messenger app “Smell My Finger” is already in beta test. Tech bloggers are currently researching a new hot app called “FingerBang.”
Disney researchers have developed a microphone that lets a user record a voice message and then relay that message to another person simply by touching them with a finger.
The microphone converts the voice message into an inaudible signal which is transmitted to the body of the person holding the microphone as an inaudible signal. It can then be transmitted from that person’s body to another person’s body through touch. The recorded sound only becomes audible when touching someone else’s ear. Their ear canal acts as a sort of speaker, allowing them to listen to a secret finger-transmitted message. The sound can’t be heard by anyone else but the person being touched