A new generation gets into the grooves.
By: Alex Templar - MSTv
Ask just about any young adult under the age of 20 what a vinyl record is and they'll probably say, "that's easy - its a CD!"
Now if you're over 30, you'll probably sigh, or just shake your head in disbelief as another bastion of your youth is forgotten.
But, things are never that bad when the area of music is concerned. A new revolution is gaining steam as the current generation is rediscovering the retro sound of the vinyl record.
Personally, I think its about time classic "sounding" music garnered its second coming. In a sense, its the same argument made for those who enjoy the look of older movies, with their jitters, static noise look and occasional skips.
Younger music listeners missed out on the additional sounds of cracking, higher "highs" and a range of audio depth that could only be gained from increasing the bass or, made easier by just listening to a vinyl recording.
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However, change is in the air, under 25-year-olds are the driving force behind the surge in sales for vinyl records over the past five years.
Research by ICM suggests 18 to 24-year-olds are buying more vinyl records than any other age group under fifty.
The surge also coincided with the Record Store day; a mass-music push held the world over on April 20th. The event is encouraged by hundreds of musicians who release one-off singles and albums (primarily vinyl) to encourage fans to buy music in their local record shop.
And it seems the younger generation are gaining a new appreciation for the medium on the whole.
At one shop in east London, 19 year old Alex is pricing up stock for Record Store Day, he explained why he buys vinyl: "The thing about playing a CD is you put it in, press the button and it plays. This sounds a bit corny but the artist has put so much effort in with vinyl you have to get it out of its sleeve, put the needle on and I think it's respectful."
With some classic sound examples above to enjoy, do you think vinyl still has something to offer the music world?
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