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OK, I like this.
Many folks in the music business proudly display their
trophies" (as they're known in the biz) on the wall. A gold
record is US sales of 500,000 units, platinum is 1,000,00.
Thankfully, gold record awards are still available. I was
that with the death of
vinyl they'd be totally abandoned
ignoring the fact that people don't use gramophones
but the Grammy award is still traditional.
But what if you sell a few discs but not enough for an
Introducing the "Fractional Record Sales Award". If you
for instance 100,000 units in the US, that's certainly
something to be proud of, couple of million dollars in
nothing to sneeze at. So why not be able to get your
gold record? It's just what you'd think, a pie slice looking
wedge of a
record mounted proudly for all to see, complete with an
RIAA certificate of "Sales Of One Hundred Thousand
Whoever did this would make a mint, gold record awards
aren't cheap. And what would the price be? One fifth
that of a
gold record? Guess again. Two fifths? Guess three more
Music recording certification
Most gold and platinum records are actually vinyl records which have been vacuum metallized and tinted. [Voice, Feb 15 2020]
||There could be an "Internet of Things" opportunity here.
||The device consists of a framed golden or platinum disc, behind which is a low-power IP-aware motor controller.
||The visible face of the metal disc is obscured by a slotted disc which matches the surrounding. As the sales increase, the obscuring disc rotates in proportion, uncovering more more and more of the face of the metal disc behind it, starting with a tiny sliver and eventually moving to show the whole thing - vaguely similar to the operation of the moon phase dial of an astronomical clock.
||This idea contains just the right quantity of snide [+]
||Couple of questions, [doc], since you're the man who'd know.
(1) Are "gold" discs actually made of gold, or are they just
gold plated, or just gold coloured? (2) Is the "gold" disc an
actual recording of the song or album in question? Could you
theoretically play it on a turntable?
||I think it's probably just paint or some kind of non-
coating or just gold colored plastic and
no. Many hard rock or heavy metal artists have taken
gold or platinum records out of the frame and thrown
on the turntable only to hear Barry Manilow or Captain
Tennille blaring from the speakers, but yes to the last
question. I've never done it because they're glued on.
||That being said, prying your gold record out of the frame
and putting it on the turntable is the standard drunk thing
to do. Or so I've heard.
||There are also "gold and platinum" CDs which are
incredibly un-impressive. It's a CD.
||I'll tell one music industry story. I was almost killed in
Hitler's old car. My manager survived the Holocaust and
became very successful in the music biz. He bought
Hitler's old car at auction and took us to lunch in it.
Somebody almost slammed into us at very high speed so I
almost died in Hitler's old car which would have been un-
fortunate on many levels. "Sooo, what was he doing in
Hitler's car anyway hmm?".
||This is my almost car crash story to match your almost
backing over Stephen Hawking story. (For those that don't
know Max almost killed Stephen Hawking.) (accidentally)
(as far as I know)
||//He bought Hitler's old car at auction// That is both
awesome and disturbing.
||It was his "Look who's got your car now Hitler!" revenge
thing. He enjoyed it. Being a Jewish holocaust survivor
nobody accused him of being a fan.
||Re link: See the "platinum" CD? It's a CD in a frame. About as
impressive as you'd think a CD in a frame would be.