If you think Lucasfilm stopped coming up with ways for you to spend all of your money on Star Wars at this point, then you’d be wrong. Case in point: The vinyl release of composer John Williams’s score for The Force Awakens will see a release on vinyl in June.
The score has been available for download and on CD since the film was released in December 2015, but this isn’t just any piece of delicious wax you can show off to your hipster friends. Nope, this new version of the two-LP soundtrack set has two special hand-etched 3D holograms of the Millennium Falcon and a TIE fighter carved into the B-sides of the vinyl itself. It’s a great little Jedi mind trick, except it’s real.
Disney figured since vinyl sales have been increasing, and reached a record high of $221.8 million in sales from January to June 2015, that they might as well pull out all the stops and release a special version of the score at $50 a pop.
The holograms are created by artist Tristan Duke, who also did a nifty 3D hologram for Jack White’s Lazaretto LP. The wireframe design of the Falcon and the TIE fighter are etched in way that makes it seem like they’re floating above the record as it spins if you look at them from the right angle.
Here’s Duke at work:
The official announcement on StarWars.com recommends “For optimal viewing, use a direct light source or simply hold a mobile phone flashlight above the vinyl to view the holograms.”
Check out the Falcon spinning below:
And here’s the TIE Fighter:
And last but not least here’s a shot of the full set: