It has been confirmed that Jack White is set to become the first person to play a vinyl record in space after the musician’s Third Man Records confirmed an upcoming historic event.
The label had previously claimed that they would “make vinyl history again” on July 30, now confirming an event to mark their seven year anniversary and three millionth record pressed.
A statement posted to the Third Man Records website reveals that the label has custom-built a “space-proof turntable attached to a high-altitude balloon”, named the Icarus Craft, with help from designer Kevin Carrico.
Literal launch parties have been organised for July 30 at Third Man Records’ stores in Nashville and Detroit. Both parties start at 11am and the pre-recorded launch will stream online at midday.
See photos of the space-proof turntable below.
In 2012, the former White Stripes man told astronaut Buzz Aldrin that he was working on a “secret project” to get one of the songs on his Third Man Records label to be the “first vinyl record played in outer space”.
Asked how he planned to do it, White said he was planning “to launch a balloon that carries a vinyl record player. And figure out a way to drop the needle with all that turbulence up there and ensure that it will still play”.