Saturday, December 24, 2016

Relativity: LPs

Walking past a stand of vinyl in Barnes and Noble, I realized how large LPs now look: they’re easily mistaken for wall calendars. CDs have changed my sense of scale. And it doesn’t help that the LPs I most often see are the ones on my shelves, just spines, 1/8″ or 3/16″ or so wide.

The LP’s size has always been to its advantage: front and back covers and the occasional gatefold invite and reward attention, before, during, and after listening. No background music: only background looking and reading.

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comments: 2

Pete said...

I rediscovered my vinyl this year, after getting a Pyle turntable unit for Christmas. I digitized seven or eight albums for more convenient listening (each was a winter Saturday project) and now that winter is back I'm looking forward to doing even more.

Michael Leddy said...

I have to play LPs more often. The main obstacle: removing the stacks of CDs atop the turntable cover.