I’m here to tell those of you who never had a record collection that something was lost when vinyl disappeared. Now, it’s probably not what you think. I’m not one of those who believe that music sounds better on a record. Nope; on the contrary, I love the clean precision of digital music. If artists wanted music to sound like it does on a record, they would pre-load it with cracks and skips. The loss I’m talking about is much more about the process and how it adds gravity and a deeper, greater connection to the music.
If you are old enough to have had a record collection, you may know what I am about to explain. I fondly remember sitting in front of rows of records thinking about what my selection would be. Looking at those tall, thin lines of text that beg to be selected. The older ones were played more frequently with them split and torn making them unreadable. It is only by the position, colors and pattern of the clothes that you even know which one you are looking at. Those of you who still carry a roll of film in your camera should have an idea of what I’m talking about. When you shoot a movie, you tend to be more careful when setting up the shot; making sure everything is ok before hitting the shutter.
You have now made your selection, but the ritual continues. The inter sleeve comes out; then the vinyl itself. Perhaps a full clean or a simple wipe down will follow. Not just any fabric; a carefully folded cloth as soft as anything you’ve ever felt. Nothing less could touch your precious vinyl. Then the real choice begins. Do you play the whole album? just one side… or do you go straight to your favorite track?
It is the work and time involved that makes the selection so valuable. It’s not just a simple movement of a mouse, a scroll of the wheel and a click; rinse and repeat. You see, being just one scroll and one click away removes a lot of the weight of the selection. Likewise, when you only have 12, 24, or 36 shots on a roll of film, you add weight to each click.
Analog forces you to slow things down. Make it count!
All photos taken at Brook’s Novelty Antiques & Records in Old Sacramento. Models: @airieljayde @cilla_miyach
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