Jack White’s Third Man Records Creates 3RPM Record, Easy To Play, Hard To Hear

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Photo by Jo McCaughey

Photo by Jo McCaughey

Parties are full of pointless parting favors, but Third Man Records‘ third anniversary is the first pointless party favor that a plethora of vinyl nerds are jealous they don’t have their hands on.

Jack White‘s Nashville-based record label gave each party guest the world’s first-ever 3RPM record–chock full of every “Blue Series” single from Third Man–as they departed. What that means is the record only spins three revolutions per minute.

According to the label, the album is “easy to play,  but impossible to hear.” It also would take a little less than a year, with one’s continuous attention, to actually listen to the whole album.


Above is a video that surfaced of a young man attempting to listen to the bright blue record.

[pullquote quote="We estimate it would take 333 days of 33 hours training per day for your finger, hand, and arm muscles to spin at a continuous speed of 3rpm for X hours and X minutes."]A statement from Third Man explains that the record is “cut at the slowest speed yet it plays faster than anything you’ve ever heard” and is comprised of “a compilation of 7 inch records but it’s packaged like a 12 inch.”

“It’s easy to play but impossible to hear,” continued the label. “You put your finger on it to slow it down, but this is no easy task (as evidenced by these youtube videos) and we estimate it would take 333 days of 33 hours training per day for your finger, hand, and arm muscles to spin at a continuous speed of 3rpm for X hours and X minutes.”

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Want something from Third Man Records not on 3RPM?

Jack White’s début solo album, Blunderbuss, comes out on April 24th.

[Source: Rolling Stone]

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