The Playstation 1, arguably better than the Nintendo 64, was a staple in practically every kids bedroom back in the late 90s. This, once seminal, piece of hardware was discontinued back in 2004, and games for the machine had stopped being produced in 2006. That’s a long lifespan for technology, if you think about it. Today’s cell phones become obsolete ever 1-2 Years, new computer parts are announced every 6 months that totally blow the old ones out of the water, and there’s so many generations of MacBook chargers that they may need to open a museum soon. Despite all this, the Playstation is still being given new life, but not the system itself. It’s those special black CDs that Sony produced that are being used again for the first time in almost 10 years!
For those of you who may not know a lot about the original Playstation discs:
You may remember that Marilyn Manson released his newest album, The Pale Emperor, earlier this year, to some pretty good reception. It was released in all of the typical ways: MP3s, streaming, CDs, and Vinyl, but also, it was released on the iconic black CDs of the first Playstation! The designers of this off-beat album release, Hassan Rahim and WIllo Perron, contacted Sony directly to commission the use of these now-obsolete discs. Rahim and Perron talked to KillScreen about why they went through all that effort to put the CD on the black discs:
"When you open the CD it's pitch black, but we also added a thermal texture on top—after it gets hot during playback, the disc comes out all white,”
"The contrasting textures definitely speak for themselves when you hold the piece,"
Just take a look at this thing after it's been heated up:
The contrasting textures absolutely speak from themselves! The all-black-and-white aesthetic of the albums cover and liner seem to be crafted especially for the Playstation discs. Everything from the promo shots, the album cover, the music videos and lyric videos, and even the album itself seems to be done in this high contrast aesthetic, and it only makes it feel more cohesive. It definitely seems like a cool piece for any Manson fan to own, and you can buy the CD, along with other formats of the album, here