Actually just last week I purchased a 78 made in 2007 by Pasadena-based 
avant-garde composer Tom Recchion. It is a limited run of 500 copies. My 
copy is number 419.

 From the back cover:

"All sounds heard were generated by 78 rpm records. Either played by 
multiple 78 needles through styrofoam or cardboard at the same time.
MP3's of 78 recordings stolen from the internet and as an object played 
in real time-in real space. Then recorded and mixed through various
processes then miked again to achieve a desired result."

This is some EXTREMELY weird music. It makes Edgar Varese sound like 
Rudy Vallee...but it is a 78 and for that reason alone I needed to take 
it home and see what this guy was up to. My conclusion is that I have 
absolutely no idea what this guy is up to.

The ultimate irony is that in tiny type on the rear cover it reads:

"Please do not transfer this record to any analog or digital recording 
device or format."



Mike Richter wrote:
> Tom Fine wrote:
>> What's the history of vinyl 78's? I have a small pile from I think 
>> the very early 50's, these are pop and country tunes. Was vinyl used 
>> for 78's in any mass quantities previous to when vinyl LPs were 
>> mass-manufactured? The "newest" vinyl 78's I know of are kiddie 
>> records pressed in the mid-60's. Aside from novelty stuff, was the 
>> medium used after the mid-60's?
> The newest vinyl 78's of which I'm aware are those still being pressed 
> for Historic Masters Ltd. ("78" does not mean that they play at 78 
> rpm, of course, but that they are intended for players suitable for 
> true 78-rpm discs.) Their last offering was in 2007.
> Mike