Okay, so a lot of people—1.2 million and counting—saw that goofy video on YouTube a few months back of a tortilla spinning on a record player with “Jarabe Tapatio” (aka that one mariachi song everyone knows) playing in the background, giving it the illusion that the tortilla itself was playing the music. If you somehow missed this video, here it is:
Hilarious, right? Well, as the internet is wont to do, someone took this as a challenge and decided they were going to create an actual, playable record out of a tortilla. We’ll allow him to take it from here:
“I was already familiar with laser cutting records at 78 rpm on acrylic for use in gramophones, especially for Bioshock Infinite‘s anachronistic songs. I decided to see if I could make it work on an actual tortilla. Uncooked ones seem to work the best since they are the flattest. The size of the tortilla limited the records to 7″. I compared 45 rpm and 78 rpm here. 78 sounds better since more data passes by the needle per second and the soundwaves are less compressed. However, you need twice the number of grooves.”
And now, the result of his handiwork:
Now of course we had questions—our main one being just how long does it take to make something like this? He explains:
“It takes about a half-hour to make a 7″ record that lasts 30-40 seconds. It’s mostly a proof of concept in response to how the other video was just a tortilla jammed onto a spindle.”
But really, the most important question of all: Can you eat the record once it’s done?
“They are edible, just taste rather burnt. Probably wouldn’t pass muster with the Health Inspector.”
Simply brilliant. The creator also made a few other test cuts of different songs with varying degrees of success, which you can check out below:
If you want to try this yourself, you can read the Instructable he wrote detailing the step-by-step process. Good luck, and happy Taco Tuesday to all.