BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Jan. 7, 2016–Noted Belizean inventor Andre Gray—the man who is credited for the invention of mobile ringtones and ring-backs as well as the iBelizean social media site—is “turning the tables again” with the introduction of three world-class vinyl record formats: Microgrooves HD, Microgrooves Digital and Microgrooves Green T vinyl record formats nomenclature, launched exactly at 12:00 a.m. on Friday, January 1, 2016, eastern standard time, said a press release issued by his publicist this week.
Casual vinyl fans, serious record collectors or the elitist audiophiles would enjoy the invention, the release, published by American Banking and Marketing News out of New York, added.
“These three formats join Microgrooves Electronic, or Microgrooves-E, the world’s very first mobile phone music player that was invented by Andre Gray and introduced to the public on July 16, 1998 at the Jupiter Communications Plug In, Digital Music conference in New York City,” it said.
“Invented by Andre Gray in 2007 and awarded patents in 2010, this is the biggest improvement in the sound quality of the vinyl record format in years,” the release added.
It described the recent inventions as, “…symbolic of an epochal change, complete with New Year’s Eve party on Gray’s Twitter account with a theme that said it all: The Vinyl Countdown.”
To achieve the outcome he desired, Gray focused upon five aspects of the record pressing process: height, weight, closer microgrooves, deeper microgrooves, fish oil, and, for Microgrooves Green T, green tea liquid extract. The formats are applicable to 7″ and 12″ vinyl formats.
“In terms of intellectual property rights, Gray is giving away the Microgrooves vinyl record nomenclature absolutely free to anyone and everyone who wants to use it and make whatever changes, they want,” Gray’s release said.
It added that because of his desire for uniformity, he will make public everything regarding the manufacturing process and he simply requests the inclusion of the sticker logo (also designed by Gray) on the record sleeve to indicate which of the three Microgrooves nomenclature was used to manufacture the record.
Gray is also widely known as the sole inventor of the Electronic Ticket (1991), the Electronic Press Kit – EPK (1995), Microgrooves Electronic (world’s first mobile phone music player) 1998, Online Music Sales Certifications (1999), among other inventions. He is also known for uploading the very first complete song on the Internet on August 8, 1988 titled, “Internet Killed, The Video Star”, a song he placed in the MIDI format, his profile says.
The MBA graduate of University of Kent at Canterbury founded DEMO: Digital & Electronic Music Organization, Inc. in October of 1999 as a web-based company that gives out online and digital music sales certifications awards on a global scale.
In May 2015, he launched Demo 2.0 as an EPK Video Sharing Social Network for musicians, and the following month, he launched iBelizean.
Gray was the recipient of the highly prestigious Johannes Gutenberg Inventor Prize in 2002 because “Andre Gray who, through his revolutionary inventions, has single-handedly left a profound global digital imprint of unequal seismic effect.”