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nay_creative
post Oct 30 2013, 22:54
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Hello, my name is Nay.

I'm a 3rd year Graphic Design student working on a project.
We were asked to create a project that becomes a homage to something that is unappreciated or forgotten about and I picked Vinyls.

I don't know why, but I love them. There is just something so pure about the sound and so spiritual about the ritual of playing and storing them.

I need to generate some interest from people that feel the same way?
If youre a collector, or you find yourself thumbing through records in a record store week in week out, please get in touch and tell me why you are so in love with the format.
I need some tear-jerking testimonials from people that are fanatical about vinyls.

My end result will hopefully be a photo book which will be accompanied by your beautiful words.
I want this book to really celebrate the ritual of playing vinyls and the love that people still have for them.
I wish I was born in the era when vinyl was king, I really do.

I hope to hear back from people.

Nay
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jarsonic
post Oct 31 2013, 18:53
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I know that in actuality CDs work in a similar fashion, but I think that it can feel like "magic" to have bumps and grooves in a piece of plastic translate into real, beautiful music. As a record is a physical object (and a large one, at that), vinyl records often have expanded gatefold covers and art that you can't have with a CD or a digital download. More modern vinyl often can come in different colors, including clear.

Mach-X isn't wrong when he says that the format can force you to sit down and actually listen to the music, as an act, rather than having it as something in the background. The distortions, pops, clicks, and static give it a different feel than clean digital CD-quality audio; you could say there is somewhat of a Wabi-sabi aesthetic going on. To others, vinyl harkens back to childhood or being younger when their parents played albums on a turntable, and using the format evokes those memories again.

In an era of digital, cheap and disposable music, it is easy to consume, forget, and never engage with the music one listens to. Vinyl is one way to force you to do that, to cherish every aspect of a musician's art: the music, itself, the album imagery, photography, and the packaging. It is an artifact that you pick up in your hand, slide out of the sleeve, place on the turntable, drop the needle, and devote yourself to just sit back and listen.


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Nessuno
post Oct 31 2013, 19:34
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QUOTE (jarsonic @ Oct 31 2013, 19:53) *
...the format can force you to sit down and actually listen to the music, as an act, rather than having it as something in the background. The distortions, pops, clicks, and static give it a different feel than clean digital CD-quality audio; you could say there is somewhat of a Wabi-sabi aesthetic going on. To others, vinyl harkens back to childhood or being younger when their parents played albums on a turntable, and using the format evokes those memories again.

No, actually, I don't get it: because listening from a file is as easy as snapping your fingers, it makes music become background? Does one need to suffer to appreciate a thing? I'll be tempted to define this masochism... or just snobbery! wink.gif

Maybe it's because I actually love music so much and I don't need anything else than music itself to be moved to tears. And the less between me and the music, the more it touches me deeply.
Or maybe it's because I started appreciating music when there was no alternatives to spend at least a couple of minutes (and a lot of care and finger crossing) to listen to every single track that crossed my mind and so many times I ended up to trascurate some LPs I had just because my lazy subconscious was hinting me that they were not worth going through all those annoying stuff!
Anyway, I know I'm experiencing and exploring at full my whole collection and as a consequence I'm pushed to buy more music since I switched completely to file based sources.

Just my two cents... smile.gif

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- nay_creative   What is so special about Vinyls? :)   Oct 30 2013, 22:54
- - TomasPin   Hi Nay, welcome to HA. QUOTE (nay_creative ...   Oct 30 2013, 23:03
|- - aztec_mystic   QUOTE (TomasPin @ Oct 30 2013, 23:03) Not...   Oct 30 2013, 23:24
- - nay_creative   Ah alright, I'm new to forums, still finding...   Oct 30 2013, 23:28
- - Hotsoup   This place has gobs of vinylphiles too: http://for...   Oct 30 2013, 23:50
- - nay_creative   Thank you Hotsoup! Nay   Oct 30 2013, 23:54
- - db1989   To be fair, HA has precisely nothing against peopl...   Oct 31 2013, 00:10
- - nay_creative   Thanks. Sorry to have posted in the wrong place. ...   Oct 31 2013, 01:06
- - db1989   Erm, my point was that you havenít posted this in ...   Oct 31 2013, 01:14
- - 2tec   I still listen to my 'vinyls' since some o...   Oct 31 2013, 02:53
- - binaryhermit   I hear vinyl tends to be distorted in a way (some ...   Oct 31 2013, 05:12
- - dhromed   QUOTE What is so special about Vinyls? It's a...   Oct 31 2013, 09:57
- - mjb2006   Nay, You posted in the right place. We're not...   Oct 31 2013, 10:12
- - DotNoir   I was born in the beginning of the 80's and as...   Oct 31 2013, 11:07
- - probedb   I find that an odd argument. Just because I don...   Oct 31 2013, 12:09
- - DotNoir   It's not an argument, it's just how I do t...   Oct 31 2013, 12:13
- - Mach-X   @Dotnoir don't worry, I agree with your sentim...   Oct 31 2013, 18:20
|- - cliveb   QUOTE (Mach-X @ Oct 31 2013, 17:20) ...   Nov 1 2013, 09:36
|- - probedb   QUOTE (cliveb @ Nov 1 2013, 08:36) Your b...   Nov 1 2013, 09:45
|- - nu774   QUOTE (cliveb @ Nov 1 2013, 17:36) I thin...   Nov 1 2013, 10:33
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (nu774 @ Nov 1 2013, 05:33) And yes...   Nov 1 2013, 11:52
||- - nu774   QUOTE (krabapple @ Nov 1 2013, 19:52) Wel...   Nov 1 2013, 12:13
|- - cliveb   QUOTE (nu774 @ Nov 1 2013, 09:33) QUOTE (...   Nov 1 2013, 14:35
|- - dhromed   QUOTE (cliveb @ Nov 1 2013, 15:35) The st...   Nov 1 2013, 16:56
|- - cliveb   QUOTE (dhromed @ Nov 1 2013, 15:56) QUOTE...   Nov 1 2013, 18:21
- - jarsonic   I know that in actuality CDs work in a similar fas...   Oct 31 2013, 18:53
|- - Nessuno   QUOTE (jarsonic @ Oct 31 2013, 19:53) ......   Oct 31 2013, 19:34
|- - db1989   QUOTE (jarsonic @ Oct 31 2013, 17:53) I k...   Nov 1 2013, 09:17
|- - mjb2006   QUOTE (db1989 @ Nov 1 2013, 02:17) QUOTE ...   Nov 1 2013, 14:35
|- - db1989   QUOTE (mjb2006 @ Nov 1 2013, 13:35) QUOTE...   Nov 1 2013, 19:49
- - probedb   Again it's how you classify it in your mind, j...   Oct 31 2013, 19:27
- - jarsonic   QUOTE (probedb @ Oct 31 2013, 14:27) Agai...   Oct 31 2013, 20:37
- - DustMagnet   I was a teen in the 70's, and I amassed a grea...   Nov 1 2013, 01:58
- - mjb2006   I also agree with what everyone else has said, abo...   Nov 1 2013, 02:06
- - Engelsstaub   As a person who likes collecting vinyl but appreci...   Nov 1 2013, 03:23
- - cyberdux   mjb2006 has eloquently mirrored my feelings about ...   Nov 1 2013, 05:58
- - audiofiend   My CD collection resides in a cardboard box in the...   Nov 1 2013, 11:39
- - Hotsoup   I had a couple vinyl records when I was a kid but ...   Nov 1 2013, 18:17
- - Mach-X   I think ive figured it out. Again ive only just bo...   Nov 2 2013, 04:32
- - RonaldDumsfeld   Playing a constant string of singles can be fun bu...   Nov 2 2013, 12:30
- - Engelsstaub   From a collector's point of view there's a...   Nov 2 2013, 22:50
- - Mach-X   OMG that Torture LP is jawdropping.   Nov 3 2013, 15:41
- - Engelsstaub   I *had* to do a back-cover shot of that one just t...   Nov 4 2013, 00:19
- - krabapple   Again, as the covers comprised so much of the glam...   Nov 4 2013, 18:34
|- - aztec_mystic   QUOTE (krabapple @ Nov 4 2013, 18:34) I c...   Nov 5 2013, 00:09
|- - mzil   QUOTE (krabapple @ Nov 4 2013, 10:34) Aga...   Nov 5 2013, 00:30
|- - cliveb   QUOTE (mzil @ Nov 4 2013, 23:30) My under...   Nov 5 2013, 10:10
- - Mach-X   Because they didn't have to. The price of cds ...   Nov 4 2013, 19:22
|- - 2Bdecided   QUOTE (Mach-X @ Nov 4 2013, 19:22) Y...   Nov 4 2013, 19:43
- - pdq   I like to imagine what it would have felt like, ba...   Nov 4 2013, 20:07
- - Engelsstaub   QUOTE (aztec_mystic @ Nov 4 2013, 18:09) ...   Nov 5 2013, 06:51
- - halb27   It was said in several posts, and my opinion too i...   Nov 5 2013, 09:47
|- - 2Bdecided   QUOTE (halb27 @ Nov 5 2013, 09:47) I am p...   Nov 5 2013, 11:04
|- - halb27   QUOTE (2Bdecided @ Nov 5 2013, 12:04) QUO...   Nov 5 2013, 11:44
|- - cliveb   QUOTE (halb27 @ Nov 5 2013, 10:44) Shoppi...   Nov 5 2013, 13:31
- - halb27   Sure not, but it was much easier formerly with som...   Nov 5 2013, 13:38
- - greynol   A coworker told me yesterday that he is happy he d...   Nov 5 2013, 14:44
- - Gecko   Warning: the following contains mild irony, sweepi...   Nov 5 2013, 18:02
|- - greynol   QUOTE (Gecko @ Nov 5 2013, 10:02) put the...   Nov 5 2013, 19:16
|- - splice   QUOTE (greynol @ Nov 5 2013, 11:16) QUOTE...   Nov 6 2013, 00:21
|- - Gecko   QUOTE (greynol @ Nov 5 2013, 20:16) What ...   Nov 8 2013, 18:27
|- - greynol   QUOTE (Gecko @ Nov 8 2013, 10:27) Joking ...   Nov 8 2013, 18:50
- - greynol   I wouldn't have otherwise mentioned it.   Nov 6 2013, 00:39
- - 2Bdecided   It's OT, but I'm intrigued now.   Nov 6 2013, 11:19
- - greynol   That was at least ten years ago when I would try j...   Nov 6 2013, 11:39
- - pdq   I can't help but speculate, that if a CD is ta...   Nov 8 2013, 19:16
- - greynol   That raises an interesting point. This can be spl...   Nov 8 2013, 19:21
- - Propheticus   I'm surprised nobody mentioned the EDM scene y...   Nov 8 2013, 20:13


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