The ancient Egyptians buried their dead with all manner of trinkets they believed would be needed in the afterlife, from piles of food to clothes and even jewelry. It’s a tradition that’s set to live on thanks to Swedish audio company Pause, with a notable exception; in the 21st Century we’re not fussed about post-death food and drink, all we need are some banging party tunes to see us into the next life.
Pause have created the CataCoffin CataCombo Sound System, a state-of-the-art coffin that lets a loved one be buried with all their favourite music. And listen to it, post-death. Creepy, no?
The CataCombo Sound System boasts a custom-built 2.1 amplifier and is matched with a pair of 2-way speakers, tweeters with external cooling, and an 8-inch subwoofer tuned to the coffin’s acoustic space to wake the dead.
Allowing the deceased to keep abreast of the current musical times, the coffin can be paired with the CataTomb tombstone which integrates an upgradeable music server running on a 2.5GHz Intel processor with a 4G wireless connection that allows friends and family to manage the departed’s playlists. A 7-inch display built into the tombstone will let those visiting the grave check what’s being played six feet under too.
A bizarre idea, I’m not keen on the thought of someone controlling what tunes are blasted at my lifeless body. I can just picture my prankster pals lining up a Justin Bieber or Mumford and Sons infinite playlist with which to torture my soul. They’d be in for a good haunting, that’s for sure.
If you’re morbid enough to be interested, prices start at €23,500.
By Gerald Lynch | January 14th, 2013