We already know about some creative uses for ashes postmortem—crush them into a diamond or blast them off into space!—but here’s a new one: try converting them into a vinyl record.
“I’ve heard stories about my father trying to scatter his grandfather’s ashes from a boat… It went terribly wrong, and they ended up sweeping him off the deck,” music producer Jason Leach told Businessweek in a recent interview. Messy memorials perhaps serving as some inspiration, Leach went on to found And Vinyly, an online service that presses cremated remains onto records.
Not positive which tracks to include in the mix? Here’s a solution: “Just because it’s a record doesn’t mean it has to contain music,” said Leach. “It might be nice to have your own voice on there. I’d like nothing more than to listen to my great-great grandfather say something on a record.”