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(New Musical Express)   The bestselling vinyl artist of the 21st century already had plenty of Fame   (nme.com) divider line
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2022-01-17 11:34:59 AM  
Incredible, given the 21st century is only 1/5 over.
 
2022-01-17 12:13:09 PM  

nmrsnr: Incredible, given the 21st century is only 1/5 over.


The vinyl fad will fade out before too much longer. Up next is 8 tracks.
 
2022-01-17 12:55:17 PM  

ArkPanda: nmrsnr: Incredible, given the 21st century is only 1/5 over.

The vinyl fad will fade out before too much longer. Up next is 8 tracks.


The vinyl fad has been going on ~30 years now...

I'm not a part of it, but it's been a thing since the 1990s, which itself was only 10-15 years removed from vinyl being the normal media of recordings.

It'll be around for awhile.
 
2022-01-17 1:03:52 PM  

ArkPanda: nmrsnr: Incredible, given the 21st century is only 1/5 over.

The vinyl fad will fade out before too much longer. Up next is 8 tracks.


Cassettes are in right now. So you're right, eight tracks will be next.
 
2022-01-17 2:03:09 PM  
He's gonna live forever?
 
2022-01-17 2:07:37 PM  
Irene Cara?

(Checks article.)

Oh yeah, that guy. That makes more sense.
 
2022-01-17 2:11:12 PM  

downstairs: ArkPanda: nmrsnr: Incredible, given the 21st century is only 1/5 over.

The vinyl fad will fade out before too much longer. Up next is 8 tracks.

The vinyl fad has been going on ~30 years now...

I'm not a part of it, but it's been a thing since the 1990s, which itself was only 10-15 years removed from vinyl being the normal media of recordings.

It'll be around for awhile.


It's not quite yet peaked. Although I feel it's gotta be getting close. Plants are so backed up I've got pre-orders out to Aug 2022 right now. Small labels can't keep up because big labels are repressing everything to cash in. Bah.

I just need to limit my purchases as I'm running out of room, and I just buy a few underground metal records here and there. Although I took in my mom's and grandma's collections that are taking up valuable shelf space. I really need to go through and only save the handful I actually want to keep.
 
2022-01-17 2:11:29 PM  

Cafe Threads: ArkPanda: nmrsnr: Incredible, given the 21st century is only 1/5 over.

The vinyl fad will fade out before too much longer. Up next is 8 tracks.

Cassettes are in right now. So you're right, eight tracks will be next.


No!  Reel-to-reel!

I actually learned a lot of audio editing on reel-to-reel and did have some shitty
 
2022-01-17 2:12:01 PM  

downstairs: Cafe Threads: ArkPanda: nmrsnr: Incredible, given the 21st century is only 1/5 over.

The vinyl fad will fade out before too much longer. Up next is 8 tracks.

Cassettes are in right now. So you're right, eight tracks will be next.

No!  Reel-to-reel!

I actually learned a lot of audio editing on reel-to-reel and did have some shiatty


...machines at home.
 
amb
2022-01-17 2:21:42 PM  
I think Funko Pops have a team of artists.
 
2022-01-17 2:25:10 PM  
Found "Heroes" on vinyl at a thrift store and in good condition. I'm not usually impressed by Bowie outside of his singles, but "Heroes" is a very good album. I guess his popularity on vinyl explains why I actually found a Bowie album in a thrift store. Usually, it's just Roger Whittaker and Nana Mouskouri albums.

My "Heroes" vinyl is also the album that really showed me just how terrible remasters are. There's so much more nuance in the original release that's totally drowned out in the remaster. In fact, all the Bowie remasters are garbage. For the best Bowie experience, find his music on vinyl or early CD release from before everything was unnecessarily remastered.
 
2022-01-17 2:29:32 PM  
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2022-01-17 2:32:21 PM  

Cafe Threads: ArkPanda: nmrsnr: Incredible, given the 21st century is only 1/5 over.

The vinyl fad will fade out before too much longer. Up next is 8 tracks.

Cassettes are in right now. So you're right, eight tracks will be next.


Vinyl has some arguments in its favor (sound quality, artwork size, etc) that keep it around, whether you agree with those arguments or not.  Cassettes are nothing more than a retro fad and are released more as novelties than anything else (same for the occasional wax cylinder release in the past year or so).  We might see a few novelty 8-track releases, but I don't think any of the non-vinyl formats will see a resurgence like vinyl has.  Although CDs are still sticking around a bit so far.
 
2022-01-17 2:33:31 PM  
The insane resurgence of vinyl record

And it is insane.

Fun brain teaser: How many of the top-selling vinyl records of last year were recorded digitally?

Also to give an idea of how niche and hipster-only this vinyl thing is, according to the article, the top selling artist on vinyl (Bowie) sold ~500,000 units over 20 years. So a best-seller gets you 25,000 units a year. This would have been a massive failure during the vinyl hey-day, and frankly is embarrassingly small sales.
 
2022-01-17 2:41:10 PM  

downstairs: ArkPanda: nmrsnr: Incredible, given the 21st century is only 1/5 over.

The vinyl fad will fade out before too much longer. Up next is 8 tracks.

The vinyl fad has been going on ~30 years now...

I'm not a part of it, but it's been a thing since the 1990s, which itself was only 10-15 years removed from vinyl being the normal media of recordings.

It'll be around for awhile.


If it is being pushed by people who weren't around for the dawn of CDs, who knows how long that inferior means of sound reproduction will last.

Ok, album art is so much better on a vinyl case.  It has that going for it.  Display the vinyl, but play the FLAC.

But the sound is bad, and unless you are using a laser "needle", it will only get worse each time you play it.  Most of the myth of the better sound dates from early CDs: it was impossible to make a good filter between 22.05 kz and 20kHz with 1980s technology for the price of a CD player.  So the highs got abused by the filter (and probably the rest, I learned that stuff back in the days I'm talking about and it gets fuzzy.  Almost as useless as knowing how microcode works).  Now just throw in a 1024pt FFT filter and the problem goes away.
 
2022-01-17 2:42:13 PM  

ArkPanda: nmrsnr: Incredible, given the 21st century is only 1/5 over.

The vinyl fad will fade out before too much longer. Up next is 8 tracks.


Kinda doubt it'll ever really go huge.  Vinyl has the record player, the scratch, there's a lot of physical element to it beyond the music.  8 track is just stick thing in machine for general low quality sound.  I don't really get vinyl - those things certainly aren't enough for me to want to do it - but I can at least see where the serious differences are between that and modern music play.  8 track hasn't got much difference beyond low quality and push a button or two.  Not Nostradamus, but I suspect it'll always be a fringe hipsteresque thing at best
 
2022-01-17 2:42:19 PM  

NeoCortex42: Cafe Threads: ArkPanda: nmrsnr: Incredible, given the 21st century is only 1/5 over.

The vinyl fad will fade out before too much longer. Up next is 8 tracks.

Cassettes are in right now. So you're right, eight tracks will be next.

Vinyl has some arguments in its favor (sound quality, artwork size, etc) that keep it around, whether you agree with those arguments or not.  Cassettes are nothing more than a retro fad and are released more as novelties than anything else (same for the occasional wax cylinder release in the past year or so).  We might see a few novelty 8-track releases, but I don't think any of the non-vinyl formats will see a resurgence like vinyl has.  Although CDs are still sticking around a bit so far.


one fun thing I've seen a few times in the last few years is singles released on 3.5 floppy

mostly the artists are doing weird electronica or stuff like chiptune, dungeon synth, and lo fi black metal
 
2022-01-17 2:44:36 PM  

gnarlywizzard: NeoCortex42: Cafe Threads: ArkPanda: nmrsnr: Incredible, given the 21st century is only 1/5 over.

The vinyl fad will fade out before too much longer. Up next is 8 tracks.

Cassettes are in right now. So you're right, eight tracks will be next.

Vinyl has some arguments in its favor (sound quality, artwork size, etc) that keep it around, whether you agree with those arguments or not.  Cassettes are nothing more than a retro fad and are released more as novelties than anything else (same for the occasional wax cylinder release in the past year or so).  We might see a few novelty 8-track releases, but I don't think any of the non-vinyl formats will see a resurgence like vinyl has.  Although CDs are still sticking around a bit so far.

one fun thing I've seen a few times in the last few years is singles released on 3.5 floppy

mostly the artists are doing weird electronica or stuff like chiptune, dungeon synth, and lo fi black metal


I've seen a few releases on NES cartridge. Never picked one up, but been tempted
 
2022-01-17 2:49:04 PM  

downstairs: Cafe Threads: ArkPanda: nmrsnr: Incredible, given the 21st century is only 1/5 over.

The vinyl fad will fade out before too much longer. Up next is 8 tracks.

Cassettes are in right now. So you're right, eight tracks will be next.

No!  Reel-to-reel!

I actually learned a lot of audio editing on reel-to-reel and did have some shiatty


The day I learned to have fun with razor blades and (hopefully) no blood. Also, grease markers FTW.

My old radio station had some massive Ampex machines on racks that could do more with less. They retired one, and I wanted to take it home for at least a conversation piece, but the crappy apartment I could afford on DJ money had no space for it. It was the crappiest job I've ever missed.
 
2022-01-17 2:54:35 PM  
 
2022-01-17 3:06:45 PM  

shabu: downstairs: Cafe Threads: ArkPanda: nmrsnr: Incredible, given the 21st century is only 1/5 over.

The vinyl fad will fade out before too much longer. Up next is 8 tracks.

Cassettes are in right now. So you're right, eight tracks will be next.

No!  Reel-to-reel!

I actually learned a lot of audio editing on reel-to-reel and did have some shiatty

The day I learned to have fun with razor blades and (hopefully) no blood. Also, grease markers FTW.

My old radio station had some massive Ampex machines on racks that could do more with less. They retired one, and I wanted to take it home for at least a conversation piece, but the crappy apartment I could afford on DJ money had no space for it. It was the crappiest job I've ever missed.


Indeed... between that and hand-cutting mattes for my photography... college was a lot of razor blades, and yeah, blood.
 
2022-01-17 3:12:47 PM  

monkeypapa: Adele pressed 500K copies of 30. I'm not seeing her mentioned in the original article


They were pressed, not sold. Soon they'll be collecting dust in warehouses and shelves all across the land.
 
2022-01-17 3:23:44 PM  
Toy sold 7000 copies. Out of every million people, 999,999 said nah. And Bowie is the industry leader. Record Industry journalism exists only out of habit.
 
2022-01-17 3:38:22 PM  
The man who fell to earth.
Great documentary about Bowie.
 
2022-01-17 4:40:47 PM  

gnarlywizzard: ...stuff like chiptune, dungeon synth, and lo fi black metal



youre making that up lol
 
2022-01-17 5:06:21 PM  
Record execs are Dancing In The Streets
 
2022-01-17 5:29:18 PM  
I have a small record collection. I've been using them to decorate my office wall. A friend just got me Aladdin Sane to put up on the wall.

My BiL also just got me a turntable for Christmas. I'm now in a battle to get back all of my vinyl from my MiL who thinks the albums are hers, when in reality, I left them at her house when I went into the Air Force in 1992.

I love my MiL, so we'll figure it out :-)
 
2022-01-17 5:58:27 PM  

wouldestous: gnarlywizzard: ...stuff like chiptune, dungeon synth, and lo fi black metal


youre making that up lol


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2022-01-17 8:05:07 PM  
I started collecting vinyl about 10 years ago.  I barely buy anymore.  Old pressings can't be found at garage sale prices anymore and new pressings are REALLY pricey, especially lately.  Also my collection is nearly complete.  I mean it will never be complete, but I have 99% of what I want.  Including half a dozen from Bowie.
 
2022-01-18 3:04:46 PM  

wouldestous: gnarlywizzard: ...stuff like chiptune, dungeon synth, and lo fi black metal


youre making that up lol


I promise these are real genres which are thriving in the weird corners of the internet...we're talking dozens of fans worldwide

chiptune is 8 bit and 16 bit video game style compositions
dungeon synth is vaguely medieval sounding dark fantasy tunes usally made with cheap 90s keyboard samplers or their digital equivalent, usually great for DnD background music
lo fi black metal is dedicated to the worst, cheapest most amateurish and noisy production values possible...making it an ideal subgenre for cassette releases

CSB I composed, recorded, and released a dungeon synth cassette last year. label guy who did cassettes made 20 copies which sold out in a couple days (a bunch of my friends bought copies but strangers did too!) plus I had a similar number of digital sales. label guy considered it a modest success and is willing to do another album with me

the biggest tape runs I've seen in the dungeon synth genre are 150 copies. I think a couple of the biggest names might do 300, and there are labels that way overprint and sell huge quantities of generic music cheaply to foreign distros, but generally your average DS atist is doing runs of 50 or less and may or may not even sell those out

the fan base for more exotic formats like floppies, cartridges, wax reels, or whatever is even smaller.
 
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