The New Face of Vinyl – support this project.

“Throughout the United States, teens and young adults alike are doling out cash for vinyl re-issues of their favorite records, or even better, getting the latest artists and records on vinyl. In the age of digital downloads, mp3s and compact discs, youth in America are embracing the analog experience in the biggest way since the 1970s.”

We love the passion and enthusiasm behind this project and support it wholeheartedly.

 

9 Comments

  • Jo says:

    You two have missed the point of vinyl: the sampling rate is higher than CD recordings and it sounds better! That difference is lost on your generation!

  • Owen McCafferty says:

    Thanks for your comment Jo! I agree very much so, vinyl’s audio quality far surpasses that of compact discs and related media in my opinion. However, we are trying to include the whole spectrum of the renewed interest by young people in vinyl. I listen to vinyl because it sounds better, my some of my friends listen to vinyl because they like the larger cover art, or maybe the added songs; some of them even collect them because of the uncommon manufacturing defects. Whatever the reason may be, people buying vinyl are helping keep it alive, and it reflects a change in the way young people listen to music. That’s what we are exploring: the cultural impact and effects of vinyl. I hope that clears things up. Thanks for reading! -Owen McCafferty

  • Ian says:

    Jo you’ve missed the point of the whole project. It’s about bringing the quality of vinyl to the attention of the masses. Your generation is the one that messed up and created CD’s in the first place.

  • Andrew says:

    The project sounds interesting and engaging, and as an avid vinyl listener and supporter I am highly tempted to endorse it. However, the fact that the book is NOT going to be available for sale to the public is a major setback and makes me cautious. If this book isn’t for the public, who is it for? If this is an important thing that needs to be documented and recorded in a book, what’s the point of documenting and recording it if nobody (but a very select few) can read it? I would rather fund something that brings the money spent back into the public sphere (whether that be public art, a magazine, or, better yet, a book which will be available!). This does sound as though the money is simply wanting to help the two of them make a name for themselves-which by all means is okay, but I’m not sure, on a personal level, how I feel about giving up my money for that when their hard work could accomplish it on their own. I wish all the best to the both of them though and hope that, despite whether or not they reach their funding goal, things work out.

  • Dane says:

    Those two haven’t lost that point. These are obviously two audiophiles who have a love for the emotional reason for owning vinyl AND the technical reason for loving vinyl.

    Also, don’t generalize my generation.

  • Warren says:

    Using vinyl to raise the awareness of people to the existence and benefits of higher quality audio recordings is a great idea but why dont we just go straight to educating them about high definition digital media. Most “digital natives” are well equipped to consume HD audio files, whereas they would need to spend a great deal to extract the same quality from new vinyl.

    I have revived my audiophile grade turntable which is up to the job, but even with this I will need to spend up to $1000 to get new phono cartridge to get near the quality of the HD downloads now available. At an average $25 per album I could acquire 40 titles for the same outlay.

  • Stephen Lerch says:

    So the issue is how the vinyl is being mastered. A lot of albums in the US are being mastered from the same digital sources that the CDs are being mastered from. So with albums like Metallica’s Death Magnetic, they ruined the mastering with pushing it past the wall, causing a ton of distortion on the CD version. When pushed down to vinyl, sure, the dynamic range is a little better, however it’s still overly compressed even on the vinyl.

    Unless the mastering process for vinyl is different than the CD process, a resurgence in vinyl is pointless and wasteful in my mind.

  • mike olson says:

    Both formats have value. you just have to think rationally about each. Albums recorded in the late 50s to late 70s
    sound better on vinyl a few examples would be; Kind of Blue, Rubber Soul, Take Five, sweet Baby James, Aja, Love Over Gold, Well you get the idea. Newer music being made digitally; Brothers in Arms, So, The Joshua Tree, and anything remastered correctly sound better on CD. The one place that makes CD and to a lesser extent downloads better is with very old recordings. Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt, Charlie Parker, Old Count Basie and Duke Ellington. A lot of those old recordings are unlistenable in the original analog form cleaning them up digitally opens those great recordings up to a new younger audience that should help keep them alive.

  • RAJAN GERA says:

    AAD then ADD and now DDA makes no sense. Accept the recording in the native format and you will love it more. Yes vinyl has the Grace and its eternal.

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