White Stripes rocker Jack White is no stranger to making music records — and no stranger to setting them. In 2014, his album Lazaretto became the most-sold vinyl album ever. And in 2015, he set the world record for fastest-released record, performing and then producing a vinyl in under four hours.
Up next? The final frontier. Space, that is.
In a mysterious clip posted to his record company’s Twitter on Tuesday, White teased a major July 30th announcement to come. All we know is that it has something to do with space and with making “vinyl history again.”
This isn’t the first time White has alluded to a space endeavor; back in 2012, he told astronaut Buzz Aldrin that he was working on a “secret project” to get a vinyl played in outer space.
“We want to launch a balloon that carries a vinyl record player, and possibly that Carl Sagan record, and figure out a way to drop the needle with all that turbulence up there and ensure that it will still play,” he said in a chat recorded by Interview magazine. Aldrin recommended that White talk to the CEO of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, because Branson is “always interested in doing unusual things,” he said.
Although it’s unclear whether or not that conversation with Virgin Galactic took place, we’ll know soon enough what White has in store when he shares more details at the end of the month.