We can all probably agree that audio recording, as a concept, is super rad. We can also agree that lasers, as a concept, are super-duper rad. Combine the two, mix in a little smoke, and--BAM!--you're one step closer to turning Nashville into the awesome capital of the world. David Schwartz, the heroic and/or villainous engineer who helped pioneer digital audio compression, just revealed a prototype for the world's first ever laser microphone, and, frankly, I'm having an epic nerd-gasm. Sure, the prototype has the fidelity of twine tied to a tin can wrapped around bacon and Twinkies, but it's the thought that counts. I mean, seriously: We're talking about frickin' lasers here, and I'm sure one of you bedroom Beethovens would use it as is just so you could have the bragging rights.... Prototype demo after the jump.