I know this has nothing at all to do with photography, but as a user of, shall we say, old technology, I still hanker about the old days whenever I pull out my collection of vinyl LPs and EPs!
It takes me back to when I was a student, when we religiously purchased at 2 or 3 records a month.
Now, many decades later, each and every album cover I look at, brings back instant memories, even more so when it is played.
So it brought a beaming smile to my face when I read that vinyl records have been making a comeback. Apparently, for the first time in ten years, records have been making a comeback, with sales of vinyl up by 45% compared to last year.
In my hometown of VanCity, there are around 12 record shops, and all of them have been struggling these past years, due to the advent of technology. But sales have been creeping up, driven mostly by die-hard hi-fi enthusiasts….12 million albums have so far been sold.
Even though the odds have been stacked against traditional record shops, they have fought back, supported by artists such as the new release on vinyl of David Bowie’s The Next Day album.
For me, just playing a vinyl record, aside of its nostalgic quality, is reminiscent of what music should sound like. I side with those hi-fi nerds who say that digital music is too “tinny” or superficial, whatever that may mean! When I hear a record, I feel there is an ambience with it….something intangible but definitely there…whether it is the better base or treble or better harmonics.
And of course, every record has it’s own unique sound….even if it has the sound of scratches or dust coming through the speakers! I even went so far as to buy an amp that uses real valves (tubes), just like in the old days…..and I think the sound quality from a valve amp just cannot be matched by modern semiconductor technologies!
Ah…just call me a diehard…;)
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