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.
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.
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.
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: