On Humans Invent, writer Harry Sword has attempted to break down the technology behind analog recording, and what it is that makes vinyl recordings so special.
He interviews a pair of vinyl mastering engineers who talk about the actual science behind it, breaking down that the grooves cut into a vinyl record are a physical object that will be played mechanically, while digital music is just an encoded representation of music - songs that are an arrangement of 0's and 1's in a certain order the reproduces the sound of the song. The science is sound, but I think it gets too far removed from the emotional attachment that a music lover has for vinyl records, especially as the delves deeper.
Vinyl engineer Christoph Grote-Beverborg seems to brush off the warmth of analog sound as bit of a myth, saying only that "With vinyl you get a certain kind of saturation and added harmonics that you don't have with digital. The sound has a 'body'; it's just more physical." His argument goes further awry when he discusses that the majority of home listeners just don't have and can't afford the types of turntables that allow one to hear the true quality of vinyl.
I think that, in recruiting and interviewing experts so close to the science of vinyl production, Sword has utterly removed the emotional and organic part of listening to records from the equation. He has removed the experience of sliding an album or 7" from its sleeve, placing it on the turntable and setting the needle on the record. He has ignored the experience of having that album artwork in your hands while you crank out the music from whatever sound system you have.
The pleasure of listening to music on vinyl is about the sound, sure, but its also about the experience, and when the experts get involved, they tend to let the science behind it all get in the way of the sentimentality. And while science is great, music is about emotion.
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