An obvious fact: people don’t listen to records as much as they used to. Record geeks hoard large collections of vinyl and some young folks don’t even know what these black, finely ribbed discs are. They’ve become niche in a music culture now tied to technology and digital listening. Pasadena designer Siddharth Vanchinathan decided to take it upon himself to recreate the record player as something a little sexier and a little more interesting to (young) people who think record players are giant, clunky devices that your grandmother owned. Sid V. (as his Twitter refers to him) has created the Record Player Reboot, a redesigned and reimagined record player for the modern music fan.
“The objective with the Reboot was to reimagine the layout and design of the modern record player with the end goal of doing more with less,” Sid explains of the project on his Behance page. As you can see, that’s exactly what he accomplished: he stripped the machine down to just spin records and allow you to listen in–but at a fraction of the size of a normal record player. The Reboot takes normal mechanics from a record player and is repurporsed to a small, plastic casing. It makes it small enough in size to be comparable to an iPod while still being able to spin records like that big thing your grandmother had.
We’re sure this will help make record collecting more exciting and accessible to music lovers and, maybe, will even be cause for record playing to be a little more mobile as you can tote around a spinner that is just a little larger than a stack of three or few CD cases. You can check out this article from Magnetic Magazine for more photos on the Record Player Reboot and check out Sid’s website for more on him.