Discussion in 'Music and Recordings' started by JoshMorr, Apr 21, 2016.
HaHa! My first non-classical LP was Ummagumma
Everything I've read about applied neurology leads me to believe that internet connected laptops etc are distraction machines perfectly suited to channeling our evolved desire to hunt and gather, socialise and tinker - blaming ourselves for giving in to such potent temptation is a waste of energy IMO. Last week I set up a Raspberry Pi with headless streamer software. Sure I need my phone or tablet to access the streamer control, but that's all there is to it. The noisy computer doesn't need to be on, no LCD screen is insistently beaming at me. Vinyl would be better still but so far I'm finding this a much preferable option to using a multi-purpose machine.
Interesting viewpoint on music:
Man, I gotta disagree. My formative music experiences were highly dependent on an AIWA TX320 cassette player and a pair of MDR-W10s, or W11s, or some Eggo's. I thought I was shitting in high cotton with those D66s. Playing mix tapes from WPGC and 98 Rock, man, that was what got me to realize ANY good music was just fucking incredible. Getting lost in some Pearl Jam with that shitty setup brings back memories.
That instantly made me think of this gem I saw on r/headphones a while back:
To add to the topic though, I absolutely agree with many of the points made in here.
While I maintain a digital library, it's just not as fun as sitting on the floor and going through a bunch of records. The process of updating metadata is tedious, and even if listening to music on a computer, it's rarely just listening. There's always combinations to try, EQs to tweak, things to read. It's gotten to a point where I move my chair away from my desk when listening on a computer, otherwise it's like that bit of food you didn't finish when eating out. When it's sitting there in front of you, you're gonna pick at it.
With records there is a certain ritualistic aspect to it: finding a record, putting it on the player and setting the needle. It's quite relaxing really. Not only that, it encourages listening to the album start to finish, no hopping through songs and only listening to the first minute (oh how that drives me up a wall), it's a commitment, and you get to experience albums as more than the sum of it's parts.
Vinyl encourages you to only have records for albums that you really love start to finish, which is a far cry from digital where folks (me included) tend to keep music just so they have it, leading to a library that has some pretty meh stuff in it. I'm at the point where 'shuffle all' is like a game of russian roulette, yet any record you pull from my collection is great.
That being said, there are some nights where I reaaaaaaally wish records could flip themselves
I love this. I love music that weirds me out.
This explains my issue with music from the past 25 years....
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