Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Vinyl: Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing! (Pt. 1)

Vinyl: The Real Thing!“It won’t fit in your pocket or play on your smartphone. You can’t download it, stream it or store it in a cloud file. And there’s definitely not an app for it”, wrote Jim Harrington a couple of months ago on Mercurynews, on the heels of UK-based distributor Demon Music Group announcing the launch of Demon Records, a new vinyl-only record company aiming to champion young music buyer’s new found interest in the old-fashioned LP… “In fact, the vinyl record seemingly violates every facet of a 21st-century entertainment culture obsessed with things that are small, fast and convenient. But somehow it is trending, big time” pursues Harrington. Even though many would be those selling their vinyls including hard to find ones, for the purpose of making room while eventually engendering big amounts of money on the latter, as shown by both the launch of big platforms dedicated to second hand record sales such as Gemm back in the mid-90′, and memorable bids on eBay soon after… But the fact is that, despite the arrival of successive formats such as the tape in the 60’s, the transient cartridge, the CD and the current mp3, nothing has ever managed to replace the vinyl, which isn’t that surprising at the end of the day, having in mind that no more the book would find a substitute as far as literature is concerned…
Mind you? We’re talkin’ about nothing but art forms, as opposed to major distribution products, as mistakenly considered by countless white collars in the record industry starting from the end of the eighties. And by talkin’ about art forms, we mean sensations, such as lookin’ at the object and its presentation (the record sleeve). Holdin’ it and eventually smellin’ it as well. But also the atmosphere of the place, should you go to a specialized shop or at a record fair, the contact with the seller, and eventually the relation he may have (had) with the record and its history. By talkin’ about art forms, we also mean the progressive establishment of codes along with time… From the nature of the record itself, to its grading condition, its rarity, with the inevitable movements of speculations at times, when for instance an artist comes to die, such as, as explained here, what happened soon after the passing of Fela Kuti, among many other examples. Not to mention the (necessary) time you need to give to yourself, as opposed to to be jumping on the first opportunity to get our hands on something you’ve been lookin’ for before soon after realizing you could have got it for the half is not less of the price you’ve billed to get it.  All in all, as many little things that will be the subject of further development in the second part of this subject due to be published not later than next week from now, with your comments, suggestions, interrogations more than welcome to broaden the thread…

You might like our Part 2 in the series…

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