They say that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

Without further ado, an actual record made from a tortilla playing "The Mexican Hat Dance" also known as "Jarabe Tapatío".

Why do this?

A while ago there was a satirical video featuring a tortilla jammed on top of a record player spindle.

In a way, it mocks the emerging trend and resurgence of vinyl and Record Store Day's tendency to release limited-run, colored records which are often resold for a much higher price by scalpers.

The video went viral and I wanted to see if I could actually make a tortilla record work without merely piping in some music in the background.

I was already familiar with cutting records on acrylic with a laser cutter for use in mechanical gramophones at 78 rpm, outlined in my instructable here.


It was in turn, modified from Amanda Ghassaei's instructable which was intended for 33 and 45 rpm on wood, paper, and acrylic.


Step 1: Choosing Your Tortilla

In most grocery stores, there's a section of shelving dedicated to tortillas, usually categorized near the meat section.

Most of them will be cooked and either corn or flour.

Corn is a bit too lumpy for this purpose cooked or uncooked.

I found that the cooked tortillas tended to shred a bit when the outer cooked layer peels away from the inner less-cooked core.

Also, the cooked flour tortillas have uneven lumps as well from the cooking process.

I settled with uncooked flour tortillas made by Canasta which is found in most groceries. They are very soft, however, so try to get the ones that are as flat as possible near the bottom. The kind that are made without lard seem to keep the best at room temperature as well.

Unfortunately, Canasta seem to be the only brand of uncooked tortilla available in most groceries. They come in roughly 9" sizes.

The tracks on the outer edge of a record sound better because they are less compressed than those closer to the center. Therefore, the tortilla should be as large as possible. I could only get the tortilla to consistently make 7" records, the same as a 45.

I have heard that Costco sells Porkyland uncooked tortillas in 12" size. But I was only able to find them in the frozen section. The temperature difference may cause unwanted condensation when thawing out. In addition, they are not recommended to be stored at room temperature.


<p> By any chance is that tortilla certified laser safe, because in the video I see nothing on the bag saying it is. :)</p>
<p>Sat whaaaaat?? Awesome!!</p>
<p>That's crazy.</p>
<p>Awesome! Very creative! Liked it!</p>
Congrats on your win. This is amazing
<p>Brilliant! Nice mod of amanda's instructable. How many times can you play it before the needle degrades the surface too much to make it unplayable?</p>
<p>Most songs try to cram as much sound as possible into every second. These detailed grooves may last up to around 10 plays before the grooves degrade past noise. This happened with Taco's &quot;Putting on the Ritz&quot;. But &quot;Yakko's World&quot; is still audible past 20 plays since he actually pauses to take breaths. </p><p>Surprisingly (or perhaps not) The Mexican Hat Dance keeps up the best. The second &quot;verse&quot; has a very strong rhythm with periods of silence interspersed with the beat. This still comes through even if you can't hear the notes. </p><p>Of course, the tortilla itself is likely to degrade faster than the song. I luckily chose the variety that had no lard in it which allows the records to keep past 3 weeks at room temperature. I am hesitant about putting them in the refrigerator because the condensation and moisture swells and distorts the grooves because of the temperature flux bringing them in and out.</p><p>Eventually, the tortillas become fragile and brittle from moisture loss. They also oxidize and become dark which means that I should go experiment on a fresh package from the grocery</p>
<p>Thanks for the info. It's kind of like making snowman art(like in calvin and hobbes), it's even more beautiful because it's meant to be enjoyed for a short while.</p>
<p>pues si esto se puede grabar con una tortilla........ con una tlayuda oaxaque&ntilde;a de como 30 cm de diametro que no cabra !! es casi como un lp</p>
Imaginate si intentara esto con un sope! hajaha (porque mi risa tambien ws bilingue!) ;-)
<p>mhh estaria interesante el como reproducirlo...total si no funciona se puede comer !! jajajaj</p>
<p>It should be possible to do a casting of a 78 (or maybe even with an LP) using finely ground cornmeal and/or wheat. The tricky part would be the drying/cooking of the tortilla, which would have to happen while in contact with the mold/record in order to preserve the grooves.</p>
<p>This is the same technique used to make chocolate records. It hardens to a mirror-smooth finish and can take finer impressions of detail. </p><p>Early novelty records were made at 78 rpm and played on lightweight tin gramophones. Stollwerck and Eureka manufactured these as early as 1904. It's the same gag of eating the music when you're bored with it. </p><p>Some people have recently made chocolate 33s. </p><p>I would assume that a chocolate record made this way would sound better since tortillas and grain-based products dry out unevenly.</p><p>Of course, this requires a mold to have been made. I am pretty sure I can laser-cut directly onto a chocolate sheet if I can keep it from melting, but I'm not so sure about the sound quality. </p>
<p>This is truly art ..and it is amazing!!! &lt;slow claps from seatd position to standing&gt;</p>
<p>So, I like the idea of transforming food into edible music, but, honestly, I couldn't make out ANY of the songs, music, tempo, or audible &quot;Hey Macarena!&quot; mentioned. Maybe my ears are tuned to the huge amount of feedback on the needle from the laser cooked tortilla! Hahaha! Still amazing concept - keep on spinning...</p>
<p>This is so great!!!!. all you need to do is to burn a picture of jesus on the tortilla, and you will have something you can build a shrine around and charge admission to see !!!! thank you for sharing this. : )</p>
<p>Maybe if like there was a secret recording with like confidential info that was cut into a tortilla because then if the enemy came you would just be a guy eating a no-filling laser-cut tortilla.Totally won't notice.</p>
<p>Awesome!</p><p>Whish I had a laser cutter ;-) </p>
<p>Canasta's brand it's the only tortilla certified laser safe? :)</p><p>Great instructable!</p>
<p>That's reaaaaaally funny! Also interesting! I wonder what other materials can work to make records like this, maybe something like that banana cardboard or another organic fibers... hummm!</p><p>Also, I want to point something in your explanation: <br>When you say &quot;Without further ado, an actual record made from a tortilla playing &quot;The Mexican Hat Dance&quot; also known as &quot;Jarabe Tapat&iacute;o&quot;.&quot;<br>Just PLEASE NOTE that you're actually playing &quot;Jarabe Tapat&iacute;o&quot; ALSO KNOWN by gringos around the world as &quot;the mexican hat dance&quot; because the way we dance it here, stepping over a hat. You're saying it backwards.</p><p>Thanks!</p>
<p>I am envious of both your technical skills and amount of available free time to tackle a project like this!</p>
<p>This is the funiest Instructable I've seen so far !</p><p>Take a crazy idea and turn it into reality.</p>
So many levels of awesomeness here... I think I will go back to bed. Enough awesomeness for the day.
<p>This is just bizarrely awesome (and gives me a sudden craving for Mexican food).</p>
This is genius!
Muy bueno. But seriously that is a genius and creative use of food
<p>Edible music! Wonka would be proud!</p>
<p>This is utter madness! Love it!</p><p>Ugi</p>
This is a beautiful thing.
<p>WOW! This is incredible.</p>
<p>Wow! That is so cool. Takes &quot;playing with your food&quot; to a whole new level!</p>

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