Nothing But Scratch

Take a peek at this record player. It’s the kind that plays vinyl records, the 12″ kind, and it does it well with only the bare minimum. Fantastical! It’s called “Turnstyle” and it’s made up of the motor, the needle, the speakers, and the controls. What more do you need? It’s a skeleton of its former self, and not former as in it was stripped, former as in there’s no reason to ever go back to more!

This project is designed by RD Silver, a designer who has the guts to take away everything but the guts. The requirements for function set upon this project were the following: spin record, on/off, volume, speaker, and needle. As far as design requirements: no corners, no hard edges, no 90 degree angles. Simple? Simple. Send me 10.

Designer: R.D. Silva

72 Comments

  • student says:

    very functionalist. congrat

  • student says:

    very functionalist. congrat

  • Mateusz says:

    I can be a tester of this, god! its awesome!

  • Matt says:

    nice looking but I see a couple of flaws. first, there's a reason why the base for the record is so heavy – intertia. without locking the record to the motor, when you put the needle down the record will stop and slide. furthermore, the baseplate in every other record player supports the entire record so that it won't bend under the needle. oh and one last thing – this concept denies the basic law of audiofile equipment – sound is the most important factor. how can you listen to a vinyl which is for many the purest form of sound recording through a 2 inch headphone-like speaker?? no way.
    cheers

  • Matt says:

    nice looking but I see a couple of flaws. first, there's a reason why the base for the record is so heavy – intertia. without locking the record to the motor, when you put the needle down the record will stop and slide. furthermore, the baseplate in every other record player supports the entire record so that it won't bend under the needle. oh and one last thing – this concept denies the basic law of audiofile equipment – sound is the most important factor. how can you listen to a vinyl which is for many the purest form of sound recording through a 2 inch headphone-like speaker?? no way.
    cheers

  • duck soup says:

    that is sooo fresh, when can i get one!

  • duck soup says:

    that is sooo fresh, when can i get one!

  • Brian says:

    I would love to be a tester for this product! how does it handle 45s? or is it not capable of changing RPM.

  • Brian says:

    I would love to be a tester for this product! how does it handle 45s? or is it not capable of changing RPM.

  • Dixon says:

    Another problem not mentioned by Matt is that good turntables spend a lot of time defeating feedback/resonance. When you use metal and tubes, it bounces the sound and create unwanted feedback. This is before the speakers themselves generate the feedback.

  • Dixon says:

    Another problem not mentioned by Matt is that good turntables spend a lot of time defeating feedback/resonance. When you use metal and tubes, it bounces the sound and create unwanted feedback. This is before the speakers themselves generate the feedback.

  • Andrew says:

    Putting the speakers that close to the cartridge = bad idea.

    Heavy plinths are there to isolate the vibration of the motor from the platter. The platter is big and heavy to help with this isolation.

    It looks amazing. I just wish it could look amazing and not sound like garbage.

    Also, internal speakers? Why no line out?

    Either way, if they were for sale, I’d want one. If only for the novelty.

    As Zaphod would say “10 out of 10 for style, but minus several million for good thinking.”

    • aqua_buddha says:

      Yes, agree.
      The list of Phonography "Don'ts" that apply here is long and only begins at the several you mention.
      This will certainly sound really awful.

      To be optimistic about it, sometimes prototyping these kinds of Design-driven experiments helps to prompt advances back in the real world of user-practical and sensible industrial design. For examp maybe a Technics engineer has been mulling something over, regarding his next armboard or motor or something– and a glance at a provocative experiment like this pushes him forward.

      To be a bit more realistic, anyone with the vaguest connection to audio reproduction will spot this as a fraud from miles away.
      Artschool agitprop.
      But hey, you're only in artschool once, why not be provocative …..

  • Andrew says:

    Putting the speakers that close to the cartridge = bad idea.

    Heavy plinths are there to isolate the vibration of the motor from the platter. The platter is big and heavy to help with this isolation.

    It looks amazing. I just wish it could look amazing and not sound like garbage.

    Also, internal speakers? Why no line out?

    Either way, if they were for sale, I’d want one. If only for the novelty.

    As Zaphod would say “10 out of 10 for style, but minus several million for good thinking.”

    • deleted8012672 says:

      Yes, agree.
      The list of Phonography “Don'ts” that apply here is long and only begins at the several you mention.
      This will certainly sound really awful.

      To be optimistic about it, sometimes prototyping these kinds of Design-driven experiments helps to prompt advances back in the real world of user-practical and sensible industrial design. For examp maybe a Technics engineer has been mulling something over, regarding his next armboard or motor or something– and a glance at a provocative experiment like this pushes him forward.

      To be a bit more realistic, anyone with the vaguest connection to audio reproduction will spot this as a fraud from miles away.
      Artschool agitprop.
      But hey, you're only in artschool once, why not be provocative …..

  • Andrew says:

    Putting the speakers that close to the cartridge = bad idea.

    Heavy plinths are there to isolate the vibration of the motor from the platter. The platter is big and heavy to help with this isolation.

    It looks amazing. I just wish it could look amazing and not sound like garbage.

    Also, internal speakers? Why no line out?

    Either way, if they were for sale, I’d want one. If only for the novelty.

    As Zaphod would say “10 out of 10 for style, but minus several million for good thinking.”

  • Craig says:

    Does it have audio output? I'm concerned that the integrated speakers wont sound very good.

  • Craig says:

    Does it have audio output? I'm concerned that the integrated speakers wont sound very good.

  • Skavoovee says:

    This looks awesome and all, but I gotta agree with the others that without audio output this won't sell. Those speakers will not do it for any audiophile, no matter how good they are.

  • Skavoovee says:

    This looks awesome and all, but I gotta agree with the others that without audio output this won't sell. Those speakers will not do it for any audiophile, no matter how good they are.

  • art says:

    I love the concept and mostly all of the physical execution, but with one objection if I may.

    The white plastic control unit appears way too much like a cheap kitchen spatula from Target–deeply below the general aesthetic and concept of the unit itself, both in materials and color.

    When dealing with minimalism, each tiny component speaks volumes. But you already knew that 🙂

    All in all, a great concept and very bold. Thanks for the post

  • art says:

    I love the concept and mostly all of the physical execution, but with one objection if I may.

    The white plastic control unit appears way too much like a cheap kitchen spatula from Target–deeply below the general aesthetic and concept of the unit itself, both in materials and color.

    When dealing with minimalism, each tiny component speaks volumes. But you already knew that 🙂

    All in all, a great concept and very bold. Thanks for the post

  • Marc says:

    I would have hidden the wires in the back but otherwise? SEXAY! Ultramodern but the copper tubing makes it very decorative at the same time.

  • Marc says:

    I would have hidden the wires in the back but otherwise? SEXAY! Ultramodern but the copper tubing makes it very decorative at the same time.

  • Very cool concept! Must have been a blast putting this together, or should I say taking it apart.

  • Very cool concept! Must have been a blast putting this together, or should I say taking it apart.

  • Aaron Z. Snyder says:

    Very bad "How To Use…." picture sequence. The hand is touching the grooves in the first picture! Yiiiikes!

  • Aaron Z. Snyder says:

    Very bad “How To Use….” picture sequence. The hand is touching the grooves in the first picture! Yiiiikes!

  • Eli Odom says:

    i would love to buy this under 2 conditions, 1 they give the record a little more physical support, and 2 they give it an output jack for better speakers, otherwise this is amazing and i would buy it in a heartbeat

  • Eli Odom says:

    i would love to buy this under 2 conditions, 1 they give the record a little more physical support, and 2 they give it an output jack for better speakers, otherwise this is amazing and i would buy it in a heartbeat

  • Bear Albrecht says:

    The name is R. D. Silva, not RD Silver.
    ebear

  • Bear Albrecht says:

    The name is R. D. Silva, not RD Silver.
    ebear

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