Step 8: Future Work
We're currently trying to upgrade our computer setup so that we will be able to print out files larger than 250MB. Eventually I'd like to actually print physical copies of some of the files that I posted in the last step. I'm also interested in hearing how the resolution difference between the outer and inner grooves of the record (explained in step 2) manifest themselves in the audio output.
Soon I'd also like to experiment with some more creative applications of this technology. For example, printing out a record with many adjacent closed loops of ~2second looping samples. This way you could set your needle down in one groove and listen to a loop repeat over and over, then tap the needle to the side to switch to another loop. Assuming all the the loops have a similar time signature, you could turn this record into a cool, interactive sample mixer.
I'm currently working on another project that takes audio data and outputs a vector cutting path in the shape of a record (pictured above). I'm planning on cutting this record with a laser cutter on acrylic. Unfortunately, we've been having some trouble with our lasers recently, but I hope to get the project up in the first few weeks of January, as I have most of the code done. I'm excited about this project because it has the potential to be a lot more useful to ordinary(ish) people. The vector files are much easier and faster to generate, and the whole process uses cheaper materials and tools that a decent amount of people have access to these days. I still haven't done enough testing to say how it will compare to my 3D printed record, but I'm fairly confident it will work.