Vinyl is dead.

“Vinyl is dead, long live vinyl”, researches into the change from analogue to digital distribution. Although I struggled to understand each aspect of the figure’s I was able to reflect on how the photography industry has changed as has the music industry; both industry’s have developed there technical features to expand with the continuous modernisation of the industry.

Greg Hainge elaborates on the process of vinyl and its presence within its time.“Originally, gramophone records were cut into rubber, then later shellac, after that celluloid, before settling on the plastic known as vinyl which has now become synonymous with the format”.

After initial experiments with light and chemical reactions in the early days the originally photography started with a box with a hole in the front (equivalent to a pin hole camera). Light travels through the hole, when the light hits the film it reacts with chemicals to revel the image reflected. Photography uses light therefore making the film very sensitive, when developing the film three chemicals would be used. These include developer, water wash and fixer. These would have been carefully timed and developed in the dark; from this original idea photography has developed gradually to gain the result of digital photography. The music and photography industry have developed together as technology has become more advanced.

The music and photography process are very similar. Both elements have changed in a massive way due to technology. In its current days both CD’s and photography have became much more instant. An example of this is being able to burn songs straight onto a CD using a computer or transferring images straight from a camera to a computer using a card. This allows a lot more freedom as it’s a lot harder to lose an original copy of work as it can be stored in multiple places. Due to this freedom people experiment a lot more when it comes to editing either music of images because if it goes wrong you can start again.

I agree with the statement ‘vinyl is dead’. My reasoning for this is its not current thus it’s not used anymore. The public are much more likely to go a buy a recent music player such as an iPod because it is portable, you can store all your music on it and its small where as a vinyl is big, its expensive and its harder to access. Vinyl’s are now represented as antiques rather than modern day furnishing, this makes vinyl’s hard to find in shops and very expensive to buy. Many people may own a vinyl more for show rather than its music purposes.


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