July 16, 2007

Just goes to show...

by Chris Randall

...that you never really know what the hell is gonna happen in this industry. Case in point. While this wouldn't come as a surprise to people that are actually interested in music, it is kind of humorous in a general sense.

It's worth noting that, as a format, vinyl kind of sucks, for the following reasons:

(A) It is incredibly delicate. "Kind of Blue" sounds better on vinyl, but "Kind of Blue" with a big fucking nick in the beginning of "So What" can ruin your day.

(B) Storage is annoying. Storage of any sort of quantity is really annoying. Trying to keep the records from destroying themselves is essentially impossible.

(C) The master for vinyl and the master for a CD have nothing to do with each other. That's why early CDs that didn't have their own master sounded like complete arse. And that's why a lot of vinyl released now sounds like complete arse.

(D) Aside from the inevitable "cool" factor, my digital music collection is quite a bit more versatile, easy to store, and permanent than my vinyl record collection.

But all that said, "Kind of Blue" on 180-gram vinyl on a good turntable, with a good preamp, a good amp, and a good set of speakers, makes life worth living, while an MP3 of "Kind of Blue" sounds not bad in the car. Discuss.



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Jul.17.2007 @ 9:47 PM
a couple of quick notes.

The word "permanent" and digital should never be put together. Like the honest politician, it's just a matter of time.

Personally I have always found CDs to be a drag and only buy current recordings in that format. Anything recorded before 1989 should be vinyl.

45's are interactive music. They are non passive listening. They are Rock & Roll.

Secret trick: if you can do a mix, drop it down to a mid-fi MP3 and have it sound right coming out of the crappy built in speakers of your computer you are done for the day. Go home and re-introduce yourself to the wife.


Jul.20.2007 @ 2:48 PM
Dunno what that guy meant by people interacting with easier with mechanical means. I personally find it much easier to interact with my music on a computer than ever before...

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