The Third Man Record Booth, from musician Jack White and Third Man Records, is a restored 1947 Voice-o-Graph machine that will record up to 2 minutes of audio. Once recorded, the machine creates and dispenses a 6 inch vinyl disc to the user for keeps or to mail off as a unique gift. Jack unveiled the Third Man Record Booth during Record Store Day on April 20, 2013. It is permanently located at the Third Man Records Novelty Lounge in Nashville.
Whether it be a song, a message to a lover, an audio postcard or just the curiosity of a process that has mystified so many folks for ages, the ability to “hear yourself as others hear you” is not only a tagline here…it’s an invitation, a charge, a call to arms. The Third Man Recording Booth will be the only machine of its kind in the world that is both operational and open to the public. The booth will run on custom Third Man tokens already in use in the Third Man Novelties Lounge.
"We live in a world made up more of story than stuff. We are creatures of memory more than reminders, of love more than likes. Being attentive to the needs of others might not be the point of life, but it is the work of life. It can be messy, and painful, and almost impossibly difficult. But it is not something we give. It is what we get in exchange for having to die."
"Good songs lead somewhere. They are present and fruitful when you need them. You can follow them the way a family follows a name to a great-grandfather on a boat, follow a song backwards and see where it appeared in your life and how you changed, how it changed you."