A company in London called And Vinyly are offering customers the chance to have their ashes, or the ashes of a loved one, committed to wax. The package starts at £3000 for 30 copies of a record, each containing some ash. If you can't provide your own sound, then you can choose one from the (ahem) 'Raveyard' section of their website. For a further £3,500, painter James Hague will design the sleeve. You can also have your record released in record stores. Other extras include locked grooves of your remains, having your pet's ashes pressed, and having a house band record custom-commissioned music.
And Vinyly, founded by one Jason Leach, has been operating since 2009, with word of their business spreading slowly over the years – although as The Daily Dot report, they've only had four customers so far. The Daily Dot do highlight one recent example as a testimonial for the service, though – an artist from Amsterdam named Francesca Grilli:
“She had a classical score written and played by string instruments,” Leach said. “This was filmed. The instruments and score were burning during the performance. We pressed the ashes from the performance into clear vinyl cut with the audio recording from the performance.”
Grimly fascinating stuff as it is, it makes some economic sense – £3000 is probably cheaper than most traditional funerals, and the company will press whatever you may fancy as a memory to the record, no matter how chilling it may seem – your own voice, laughter, ambient noise. Or it can be left blank, leaving only the pops and crackle. The restriction is that there are only 24 minutes available, with 12 minutes per side.
No word on how the vinyl sounds yet, but we're doubting that this will be one for the (necro)audiophiles.
All in all, it's presumably a bit more appealing than smoking the ashes.