There have been a lot of changes in music in the past 20 years, so good, some not so much. Downloads replaced CD’s now streaming has replaced download sales. People don’t buy music, they rent it.
Streaming can provide and endless variety of music by putting a “bottomless jukebox” in your mobile device. While the convenience is unbeatable, the compressed formats tends to kill any subtleties, particularly in dynamics. While it’s great for the gym, or shielding yourself from the noise of the subway, it’s less than ideal for “listening for the sake of listening.” This brings me to another trend that many didn’t really expect: the resurgence of vinyl.
A recent article in Rolling Stone indicated that vinyl sales are likely to outsell CD’s in the very near future (something that hasn’t happened since 1986). It seems that for real “listening”, the wide dymanic range and warm frequency response is making a comeback as the prefered format.
While it is relatively easy to release an album on vinyl, the fixed set up charges make it a challenge to overcome the initial expense (particularly for an independent artist.)
Our recent release, Box 1, was carefully produced for the purpose of “listening”, something that is increasingly rare. A possibility would be to run a pre-production campaign (through go Fund Me, or similar site) to raise the money in advance, giving those interested a chance to support the project and get a pre-release version of the vinyl album in return.
If you would be interested in supporting this project, please respond by comment or email through contact form so we can see if there is enough interest to make it happen.