DJ Instruments – How Long Are Their Centuries?
James Holden recently noted that his label Border Community is not going to give up vinyl releases in the near future. Talking with the organizers of the Field Day festival, he said that vinyl still sounds much better than other instruments, so do not forget this traditional DJ instrument.
Many contemporary artists in releases that involve physical media are interested, and quite deeply. A number of performers believe that only vinyl provides the proper sound quality, and the principle of working with the “sync” button generally deprives the pleasure derived from work. As usual, some high-tech developments – in particular, the release of the new Apple iCloud service – bring some dissonance to this issue. iCloud allows you to store your music library in a networked “cloud”, it is synchronized with it using all iTunes-enabled gadgets of different generations, thereby facilitating access to the collection. This all means that hard drives, like other music media, inexorably become obsolete over time. Do you like listening to free radio online? Of course, this is all a figure – such requirements are dictated by time.
So can vinyl records become a melody of the future or will they remain the sounds of the past? There is no end to the debate about the quality ratio of analogue and digital recordings – in our progressive age of miniature devices it is difficult to close our eyes to the dimensions of the record, but the difference between the sterile sound of the disc and the velvet “voice” of the record is huge. Choosing quality, “softness” of vinyl sound, extended dynamic range, audiophiles are clearly not mistaken in their choice. Vinyl from the sound of dry digital recording is very different – music lovers themselves claim that any music disc is simply not able to stretch the sound that is subject to vinyl.
Vinyl survived tape recorders with bobbins, cassettes, mini-disks almost completely disappeared, music CDs gradually recede into the past, and vinyl records continue to live. According to the RIAA, the decline in vinyl sales in 2005 has ended, and now the graphs show steady market growth, the production and sales of vinyl records are gaining momentum. The practicality of digital sound is to the liking of many, but not DJs, music collectors and just lovers of high-quality analog sound.