Take the Millennium Falcon for a spin: New ‘Star Wars’ vinyl features embedded holograms


Hi-fi geeks and sci-fi nerds alike will enjoy the upcoming two-disc vinyl edition of John Williams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack, but not just because of the classic-sounding crackle and pop that comes with analog music playback.

That’s because the new record features a visual aspect as well: Holograms of the Millennium Falcon and a TIE Fighter have been embedded into the plastic of each disc.

The creation of visual artist Tristan Duke, who previously embedded images onto a special edition of Jack White’s Lazaretto last year, the holograms are made of tiny etchings in the vinyl’s surface — much like those that make the music itself.

“This is an all-analog process,” says Duke in a short video about the release. “Just like the music on the record, where the grooves are carved into the record and recording sound, I’m actually carving grooves of a different kind that record light.”

Spinning holograms that are designed to seem like they are hovering just over the record’s surface, the embedded images are extremely interesting to look at. Plus, they provide a welcome visual respite from what many consider to be a middling musical effort when the songs are compared to much of Williams’ legendary career.

The images appear on two different sides of each disc, making playback enjoyable for the entire length of the sonic experience.

The record comes with a special 16-page booklet featuring information about the release and hologram, as well as other cool Star Wars tidbits. This release comes just after Disney released a special edition picture disc, featuring the cast of the blockbuster film, for this year’s Record Store Day.

The double LP will be released by Disney Music Emporium on June 17 and is a relatively affordable (for such a special release) $47.99. It’s currently available for pre-order on Amazon; Or just ask your Echo to buy one for you.

Deals

Amazon slashes $77 off the iRobot Roomba 690 multisurface robot vacuum

This special offer comes just in time for you to get a head start on spring cleaning. The Roomba 690 robot vacuum sucks up dust, dirt and pet hair — all while you're away at the office.
Gaming

How to get the most out of agent builds and specializations in The Division 2

The Division 2 has an intricate loot system to let you fine tune your agent to fit your play style. In our builds and specializations guide, we'll walk you through all of the stats you should pay attention to when tinkering with gear.
Gaming

A master agent’s guide to skills and perks in The Division 2

As a Division agent, you have access to a variety of specialized skills that can really, really help you in combat. Certain perks are also quite vital to your success. Our skills and perks guide has all the details.
Gaming

From Metal Coat to Sinnoh Stone, here's how to find special items in Pokémon Go

There are special items in Pokémon Go that can help your Pokémon evolve. The issue is they can be hard to find. Here's everything you need to know about special items, including where and how to get them.
Home Theater

SoundCloud hopes to add listeners with 50 percent discount for students

SoundCloud launched a student discount for it's top-tier SoundCloud Go+ membership, dropping the price to just $5 a month. It's a good deal for students, but will it be enough to keep the music platform from going under?
Computing

Don't spend hundreds on Pro Tools or Logic. Try one of these free alternatives

Believe it or not, Pro Tools isn't the only digital audio workstation worth your time. Check out our picks for the best free recording software, whether you're looking for a lightweight app or a full-blown audio workstation.
Home Theater

iPhone owners can finally hear the highest-quality streaming music on Tidal

If you're an iPhone owner who is after the highest possible audio quality from your streaming library, you now have the best option out there: Tidal's Masters Quality Audio (MQA) is now available on iOS.
Home Theater

Get loud with the best outdoor speakers to rock your party in any weather

From rugged, solar-powered backwoods listening companions to floating pool party jam boxes, the best outdoor speakers partner with your lifestyle to let you listen to your favorite tunes wherever you go.
Music

Apple Music offers a few subscription options. We break them down here

Competition for music streaming apps is quickly dwindling with giants like Apple Music and Spotify dominating most of the market? But how much does Apple Music cost and what does a subscription to the music-streaming platform entail?
Home Theater

If you’re a Spotify Premium subscriber, you now get Hulu for free

Spotify Premium subscribers have yet another reason to love the Swedish streaming service, with the company now offering ad-free Hulu accounts to all premium users at no additional cost.
Music

The best free music download sites that are totally legal

Finding music that is both free and legal to download can be difficult. We've handpicked a selection of the best free music download sites for you to legally download your next favorite album.
Music

Apple Music vs. Spotify: Which service is the streaming king?

Apple Music is giving Spotify a run for its money, but which service is best for you? In our Apple Music vs. Spotify showdown, we compare and contrast all we know about the two streaming music services.
Home Theater

Apple Music completes its Amazon migration, is now available on Fire TV

Amazon's popular Fire TV devices are now compatible with the most popular on-demand music streaming service in the United States, thanks to a new integration with Apple Music that has finally hit Fire TV devices.
Emerging Tech

This streaming music service pays artists in Bitcoin, plants trees if you listen

Feedbands is an environmentally friendly subscription streaming music service that pays its artists in Bitcoin, and plants trees in exchange for authenticated listens from customers.