Playing an LP recording of bird sounds using a bird skull as a needle


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I suppose it’s better than using a human skull as a speaker cabinet.


Luckily we appreciate morbid here!


I’ve always found that bird skulls really bring out the warmth of a recording. None of the hairy, milky overtones you get with mammal skulls.


For $30 you could compare…


Prior art:


As a kid, I built my own stylus by rolling a piece of construction paper into a cone shape and taping a pin to the small end. Basically a “roll your own” victrola.

You can pretty much turn anything into an adhoc stylus as long as you have a pointy tip that can fit in between the grooves along with a medium to amplify the vibrations.


There’s something wonderfully necromantic about this thing.


As a kid i saw a documentary about Papua New Guinea. Messages were carried to the highlands on records and played using the method you described – a cone of paper and a pin. no electricity required. My guess is that this was because it was a non-literate society.


I think the only thing that would have improved it would be if the bird sounds matched the skull, but considering this was a seagull skull, it maybe for the best that it didn’t.


It’s a living!


Dinosaur skull acoustics!


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