The cremated remains of Hunter S Thompson were launched into the sky in a fireworks display, and edgy British company And Vinyly are helping more people to be more exciting beyond the grave by pressing their ashes into playable vinyl records.
Music producer and company founder Jason Leach explains.
Metro: Do ash and vinyl go together?
Leach: Normally you want to keep dust away from records and it does affect the audio content. There are more pops and crackles, but that is what people want and expect. Also, each record only uses a small quantity of ash.
What are the most popular songs people choose to merge with?
Often it’s musicians that want to have their own music or concepts. One wrote sheet music they had played by cellos and violins that were on fire while they played, and then we pressed them into records too. Other times it’s a recording of people speaking, or the sounds from different places.
Will you end up on a record?
Yes I will. I would have loved to have a recording of my great grandfather talking about himself, to actually hear his voice and have that link to the past. I like the idea of my descendants hearing from me that way.
And Vinyly also provide full funeral services. How extravagant do they get?
The idea itself is fairly extravagant, and we intend to expand. The main concept is remains of ashes but record companies are also asking us to press ashes from guitars and other possessions. Anything can become a record.