Want To Keep A Loved One's Memory Alive? Consider Making A Vinyl Record With One Special Touch.

"This is about as close to time travel as I'm going to get."

When John Hobson's mother passed away, she was cremated. But instead of scattering her ashes, Hobson opted for something different: making them part of a vinyl record.

The service was provided by And Vinyly, a U.K.-based record company that provides a special service to create vinyl records with ashes of recently deceased loved ones. The goal is to keep a loved one's memory alive by creating a record that includes the sound of their voice or the person's favorite songs.

For Hobson, it was an opportunity to use an audio recording of his mother discussing their family history. As a result, he had 15 records pressed for family and friends that feature a picture of her and details of her life on the record's labels.

"I'm sure a lot of people would think it was creepy," Hobson said in short documentary for Aeon Video, "a lot of people would think it was sacrilegious, but I know my mum [wouldn't have]. She would've thought it was a hoot."



The process of incorporating ashes into a vinyl record isn't difficult. During the initial production of the record, ashes are simply placed in before it gets pressed.

"It's a balance between adding enough ashes so as to be seen, but not so much as to affect the grooves' smooth playing," Jason Leach, the founder of And Vinyly, told the BBC. "There will, of course, be some extra pops and crackles resulting from the inclusion of ashes –– but we like these, as this is you."

For Leach, specializing in human ashes for vinyl production was never in the cards for him.

"It was not intended to be a business," he said. "It was the result of having a bit of fun with what at the time felt like a shocking and disconcerting inevitability."

But now, he plans on creating a special record of his own after he passes away that will include words from him, his partner, their two daughters, and music he's written over the years as a way for future family members to get to know him in decades to come.

"I like to think about my great, great grandchildren listening to me," he said. This is about as close to time travel as I'm going to get."

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