The Hologroove LP is now freely accessible through the Online Computer Library Center. What does this mean? This means that with WorldCat you can potentially bring the physical record directly into your possession, free of charge, at the press of a button—at any participating library in the world!
Chances are, if you're in the United States, your library's system is already integrated with WorldCat, so if you pull up the website while you're at your library, you'll be prompted to either continue viewing the WorldCat website normally, or to go to your library's website on WorldCat (it should say something like: "Your library has a customized version of WorldCat.org that makes it easier to find a and request items..."). The latter is the more convenient of the two by far, because if the library that holds the copy you want is beyond the reach of your interlibrary loan system, it will automatically request the item for purchase by the library as a secondary option, while you only have to press the button once whatever the case may be—which, if you're anything like us, you already know, because you've become accustomed to awaiting several new arrivals pouring in on a regular basis. So, whether you search the OCLC Number 1000156614 or you click directly on that link, either way you'll instantly be whisked away to the page where you'll make the request, and within a matter of weeks you'll be both listening to the Jonathan Pines mastered version of the album and viewing some of Tristan Dukes most ground breaking holograms within the comfort of your own home—without spending so much as a penny out of your own pocket!
While there's a distinct possibility that if you live in a very small town out in the middle of absolutely nowhere, or if your library is just decades behind for some other inexplicable reason outside of our grasp, they might adhere to a fervent no vinyl policy, in which case you are unfortunately out of luck. But if you live in a densely populated area like LA or, better yet, Chicago there is a very good chance they will consider factors like price, availability, and critical acclaim, and decide to include the item in their permanent collection, or in the case of the latter, obtain the item temporarily through the interlibrary loan system—the Urbana Free Library (who presently holds a physical copy) being probably nearby enough to qualify for an ordinary ILL request. On the other hand, if you happen to live in CU, you could just pop in on your lunch break, slide the record out of its sleeve, hold the LED light on your smart phone above the B-side, and look down at the dead wax at a 45 degree angle in—preferably—dim lighting, if you just want a quick peek at this unique marriage of modern and vintage technology with your own eyes.
And while you can't import the 12 inch record directly into your laptop (your disc drive would have to be gigantic), the 192 kbps mp3s are, of course, always available for free download through Internet Archive, and the album has presently reached about 3,000 downloads. But if you happen to be a collector who considers the value of this rarest of all Hologroove LP's a worthy investment, the album is now available to independent record stores worldwide, in a super limited edition of 300—manufactured by United Record Pressing in Nashville in 2017—through Alliance Entertainment, or directly through Digitalia Records on Amazon and Discogs at a better price—new—than any Hologroove LP on the block!
The WorldCat listing, though, is a significant milestone in the timeline of events with the release of the O Utopia LP also, because while the album was released (officially) on May 1st, over three and a half months ago, there has—until now—been not one third party confirmation of the actual reality of the hand etched holograms anywhere (for all you naysayers out there), and as far as we know, nobody even knows what the hologram on the A-side even is. Do you know? Please, do tell! You have our number if you want to talk. Mark Whitby of Dandelion Radio gave the album the rave review of a lifetime, months before the physical format was a fact, but he made no mention whatsoever of the etchings. I can tell you certainly that we have been met with much skepticism along the way, and even those in the closest proximity to me personally seriously doubted whether it was really true until they saw the physical prototypes with their own eyes—me being a mere civilian, and what not. I even began to wonder if it was all some kind of weird fantasy myself, and refrained diligently from mentioning it for almost a year despite the overwhelming urge to do so, until I finally received the actual shipment in mid April of 2017.
It is only the fifth Hologroove LP ever made, you see. It was made by the inventor of the technology himself, who was awarded a Clio for his remarkable ingenuity with Star Wars in 2016. Lazaretto was fist in 2014, The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records Vol. II was second, also on Third Man that same year, Rush's 2112 reissue was third in 2015, and The Force Awakens was fourth in 2016. But this fifth set is especially unique in that it's unmatched in detail and quality by all except the latter, it contains holograms in the dead wax of both sides of the same record, and the 3D etchings blend seamlessly with the unique drawing style on the center labels that also feature a self portrait of their inventor. So, as much as you might like to believe that this is all nothing more than a figment of the imagination of an outlandish fictional character, the WoldCat listing begs to differ, yes: "Album contains hand-etched hologram by Tristan Duke"...