Internet history on your gramophone

Now is the perfect time to get next year’s Christmas present for the Internet/music nerd in your life. In fact, now is the only time to get what will soon become a treasured rarity.

Internet Archaeology, the website dedicated to preserving graphics of the early Internet era, is branching out into preserving the sounds of the early Internet era. They’ve launched a project called Now That’s What I Call MIDI, a collection of 16 tunes from the ’90s in classic MIDI format, only instead of being the backdrop to a truly hideous website, they’ll be pressed in the rich warmth of genuine vinyl.

Only 500 of these EPs will be pressed, so if you want your copy, pledge $25 on the Kickstarter page and one will be sent to you hot off the presses at no extra charge for shipping. The way Kickstarter works is no money changes hands until the project budget goal is reached in pledges within a certain period of time. The target amount they’re raising is $2500 by Sunday, January 9th, at 11:07 AM.

They’re already at $1,928 with only 75 people donating. They’re selling like hotcakes, in other words. As well they should, because if being keen to rock to the first and only vinyl pressing of Ace of Base in the tinny aural wonderland of MIDI is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

Merry Christmas, all!

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