ANOTHER FIRST: RECORDING ON AN EARWAX CYLINDER.

Yes, you read that right.

Earlier this year, Thomas Negovan was recognized by the Grammy committee for being the first recording artist to both record AND RELEASE a record on wax cylinder since 1914.  Since then, a flurry of interviews and film crews have kept Negovan busy promoting both “The Divine Eye” single on wax cylinder, and “By Popular Demand” on 10″ vinyl– both musical releases being fully and wholly analog, recorded absolutely and completely without electricity on a rare museum piece, a 1905 Thomas Edison phonograph recorder.

Early Thomas Edison phonograph recorder with white "earwaxy" cylinder molded by Shawn Borri
Early Thomas Edison phonograph recorder with white "earwaxy" cylinder created by Shawn Borri

Inspired by the 1977 KISS comic where the band members literally BLED for their fans by pouring a vial of each band member’s blood into the vat of red ink at the Marvel Comics pressing plant, anachronist Thomas Negovan and audio mad scientist Shawn Borri took it one step further.

Doctors drawing blood from KISS in 1977- we are infintely more hardcore and collected our samples with Q-tips
Doctors drawing blood from KISS in 1977- we are infintely more hardcore and collected our samples with Q-tips

Negovan and Borri collected nine ounces of their earwax across a four week period, purified and processed the material, and used it to fashion a single unique wax cylinder made of their own earwax.  This earwax cylinder was used to record a romantic song by the band that inspired the project, the legendary rock band KISS.

Rock belongs to all centuries.
Rock belongs to all centuries.

The song was recorded in a single take and no overdubs- as is the necessity with wax cylinder recordings.  It is also worth noting that the cylinder had astounding clarity, presumably from years of proper protection and care of the ears of the wax donators.  We hope that you enjoy the results.

Without further ado: The KISS song “Shock Me” as recorded by Thomas Negovan on earwax cylinder:

Next month, Thomas Negovan releases his wax cylinder version of Alice Cooper’s “Welcome to My Nightmare” on glow-in-the-dark 10″ vinyl record in special Grand-Guignol packaging, and a limited edition glow-in-the-dark wax cylinder.  For more on wax cylinder recordings, please watch Thomas Negovan’s TEDx talk on the subject- featuring a live-on-stage recording as assisted by Shawn Borri- online on YouTube:

3 Comments

  1. You can’t FOOL me! That’s not an analogue recording but it’s almost undoubtably a Digital Earwax recording (insert digit into ear and retrieve contents!). Cheers!

    1. Thanks for the laugh – on a serious note I love the results of all the Kickstarter projects I’ve supported: Grand Guignol Exhibition catalogue, Cursed Pirate Girl, Silent Film catalogue and the wax cylinder to vinyl recordings – ALL OF THEM HAVE FAR EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS!

      Keep up the good work. (I seem to have missed the 2nd Grand Guignol catalogue – was probably in hospital – hope it got fully funded).

      Cheers! Andrew

      PS: If you want any earwax donations…???

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