I’m on a music binge, so I decided that I would pick up where I left off in my previous post. I’d like to talk about one of the ways to “relive” recorded music, and that is through good old vinyl records. The format is again becoming a means of recording and distributing songs from musicians (especially indie rock bands).
Musicians are particular about the sound that they are creating. Every note or instrument has to be just right, or they just wouldn’t sound “them.” It’s totally understandable for musicians to be discerning about what they put out. After all, it’s their voice, it’s their expression — it’s essentially “them” that they are putting out.
When you’re as concerned as most musicians about getting the music just right, it also follows that you’re going to be concerned about which formats you record onto. And in my opinion, that’s exactly why vinyl is the best choice. Simply put, it enables you to express yourself better. Here’s why.
Remember that vinyl is the only format that is completely lossless — so even when you play it on a cheap record player, the music will still sound more natural, more “organic.” You can transfer your studio recordings from a magnetic tape directly to the record with almost no loss of quality. So from a musician’s perspective, you’re giving your listeners the best possible experience by putting your album out on vinyl. You’re giving them an experience that’s as close to your original recording as possible.
If you can deliver that kind of experience to people, isn’t it likely that they’ll respond? And doesn’t that make your expression — your song — more meaningful?
In a lot of ways, musicians are like other artists. They learn about a new, easier way to do something (in this case, recording and producing music through completely digital means), and before they know it, the old ways have gone by the wayside. Factor in things like costs, and it’s even more of a loss for the more traditional forms of anything.
Think of a photographer. Many don’t use film anymore because it costs a lot more than digital photography — but they forget that digital files might not actually last as long as they thought (not to mention that you could lose everything if the files get corrupted).
To the seasoned musician, that analogy should be yet another reason to make music that is playable on cheap record players, instead of only through digital means. And by putting out analog copies, musicians can get their voices heard through a medium that’s more personal, intimate and relatable.