When was the last time you bought a vinyl record, and when was the last time you saw a record player that actually works? For many, records and record players seem like artifacts. However, a simple trip down to your local record store will prove otherwise.
For the last decade, vinyl records have made a comeback. More than pieces from a bygone era, records and record players have gained mainstream favor. Not only are these musical conduits popular among Gen-Xers and Boomers, but they are also popular among a much younger crowd.
The vinyl revival is beyond debate and doubt. The question is what we can point to as the cause for this development. In this blog post, we will go over two factors—LP’s sound and music ownership—that drive up the clamor.
Sound: Nothing Beats the Original
An easy answer to the question of the record player’s resurgence is nostalgia. Of course, the answer can be a bit more nuanced than this—more so as regards music.
Amongst audiophiles, today’s lossy sound formats cannot hold a candle to Vinyl’s LP format. We can think of today’s audio formats as derivatives of the analog LP. During sound production, LP-recorded music becomes “watered down” as it is replicated on digital formats like MP3, AAC, and WAV.
To many of us who grew up on Napster and Spotify, the differences may be subtle at best. However, listening to a vinyl record can be an exquisite experience, especially for the first time.
LP is the granddaddy of recorded musical formats. So, listening to vinyl is akin to seeing the Mona Lisa up close instead of on a postcard.
Music We Can Touch
There is something to say about owning something tangible. As humans, we tend to gravitate towards the material and tangible, and if the vinyl revival has shown us one thing, it is that we behave similarly with music.
Today’s music is ephemeral not in its staying power but in the experience, it can provide. The internet has single-handedly made music available to all at the click of a mouse or touch of a screen. On top of that, we store music only to delete it later on.
Owning a vinyl record is a radically different experience. Even after we have immersed ourselves in its tracks, we can have it alongside other knick-knacks that make up our memories.
Records and record players give us more than music. These formats return ownership of music to us.
Final Thoughts: Records and Record Players Are Here to Stay
We always lean towards what is new and different, even if it comes in the form of something older. Despite the age of LP, we will always desire a sound that takes us back to a time when music was authentic.
Not only do we desire the experience of music, but our mouths water at the prospect of ownership. Seeking, acquiring, listening, and collecting records brings us something that was robbed from us by the digitized times—ownership.
Don’t take our word for it. Get yourself a record player and a vinyl record and take a step back in time.