Apparently you can use a seagull skull as a turntable needle

Apparently you can use a seagull skull as a turntable needle

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Get yourself a brand new peck-up.

When we reported earlier this week that stylus sales were flying high, this really isn’t what we had in mind.

One resourceful DJ-come-ornithologist has managed to extract sound from a record by using the skull of a seagull as a pick-up. Employing the beak as a needle and rigging the skull with a contact microphone, the morbid device is surprisingly good at extracting sound from the record, which happens to be a 7″ of of British birdsong. Obviously.

Uploaded to Vimeo by Michael Ridge, the description also suggest that “in its present form the video is a prototype / rough demonstration”, which makes us a little apprehensive of what else he’s got up his sleeve.

Watch it below:

Seagull Skull Pickup from Michael Ridge on Vimeo.