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петак, 31. јануар 2014.

The baffling revival of the vinyl LP

The baffling revival of the vinyl LP
In a bleak year for music sales, vinyl was a rare bright spot
They're ba-ack.
They're ba-ack. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
L
ast year was a pretty bleak one for the music industry. Overall album sales dropped by 8.4 percent, to 289.41 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and CD sales were down 14 percent. For the first time since iTunes launched in 2003, digital downloads also declined in 2013 — and though the drop was less than one percent, to 117.58 million downloads, that's disheartening news for the great financial hope of the record business.
The only real area of growth was digital streaming, which grew 32 percent to hit a record 118 billion total streams, thanks to Spotify, Pandora, Rdio, and other streaming services. Oh, and there was one more musical medium that grew: Vinyl records.
Sales of vinyl LPs shot up 33 percent, to 6.1 million albums, the highest level since SoundScan started counting in 1991. Statista plots vinyl's rise in this crazy chart:

Vinyl sales have jumped 250 percent since 2002, Statista says, while overall music sales have dropped by 50 percent.
This isn't just an American phenomenon. Britain also saw its best vinyl LP sales in more than a decade, with 550,000 sales as of November, and Australia saw a 75 percent spike in vinyl sales.
Interestingly, nostalgia isn't as big a factor as you'd think. While the No. 1 LP in 2010 was the Beatles' Abbey Road, last year's top-selling vinyl record in both Britain and the U.S. was Random Access Memories by Daft Punk. In second place was Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City. "We're witnessing a renaissance for records — they're no longer retromania and are becoming the format of choice for more music fans," Geoff Taylor, chief executive of British music industry group BPI, tells AFP.
That may be a bit of an overstatement. The 6.1 million U.S. LP sales still represent only about 2 percent of total album sales, versus 57 percent for CDs and 41 percent for digital albums. Daft Punk's top-selling LP sold about 49,000 copies.
Those numbers make "touting the 'comeback' of vinyl a little bit like telling a double amputee that at least he won't have to spend money on winter gloves," says Claire Suddath at Bloomberg Businessweek. Noting the LP sales numbers in October — 2.9 million — she adds that that's about as many albums as the band Asia sold in 1982. "If you want to save the music industry, you're going to have to do better than Asia."
But that sort of misses the point. Vinyl records are different creatures than digital downloads. They take up a lot of space, play on bulky equipment, scratch fairly easily, and make a hissing noise. If you are buying records today, you are not doing it for the convenience or cost or portability. So, what is behind vinyl's remarkable revival?
"The main reason for vinyl's renaissance is clear," says AFP's Alfons Luna. "It offers a richer sound than downloadable digital songs, which although hiss-free lack the 'warmth' of vinyl records." Other theories include the collectors' aspect of owning a beautifully packaged artifact, and the rejection of the sprawling, multi-tentacled reach of the digital world.
The resurgence of LPs "is largely attributed to the type of people who place a premium on traditional recording formats and the overall listening experience," says Bloomberg's Suddath. "These people probably also eat kale."
Pete Paphides at Britain's The Guardian is thinking along similar lines, saying the rise of vinylphilia "is the closest music consumption has come to the slow food movement."
The upswing in vinyl sales is sometimes put down to the idea that music sounds warmer on vinyl or to the notion that holding a record sleeve and placing its contents on a turntable offers a more well-rounded aesthetic experience than a CD. To be honest, I'm not sure about "warmth."... Perhaps arguing for the warmth of vinyl is simply a matter of trying to justify a pleasure that's sometimes hard to articulate....
The growth of vinyl and the rise of streaming are driven by the same forces. Both provide something that the other, by its very nature, simply can't. The pleasure you get from an experience is often proportionate to how much time and effort you expend. [Guardian]
None of those strike me as the whole story. Harvard Business School's Ryan Raffaelli had researched how the Swiss watch industry reinvented and revived itself after the "quartz crisis" of the 1970s, when Japanese companies like Seiko and Casio decimated Switzerland's storied mechanical watchmakers.
While Raffaelli's "initial research has focused on the watch industry," says Carmen Nobel at Harvard's Working Knowledge, "his findings also help explain a recent resurgence of independent bookstores, a renaissance of streetcars in numerous urban city centers, and the revival of several seemingly archaic products including the fountain pen and the vinyl record."
Raffaelli explains that when the mechanical-watch industry seemed on the verge of collapse, it was watch collectors who stepped in and saved the day, paying top dollar for mechanical watches at auction:
This sent a signal to the industry that aha, there may still be latent value in what they thought was a dead technology. And so these collectors become almost like canaries in a coal mine, in a good way. They sent a signal of hope that there might still be value there. [Working Knowledge]
Vinyl never died, but bands stopped bothering putting out LP records as soon as consumers switched to tapes, then CDs, then digital files. Collectors kept on scooping up old records at second-hand stores and record shops, and their tenacity convinced companies to start making record players again.
Finally, the LP developed enough of a cachet that bands started pressing vinyl discs again — and charging a premium for the LP version of their albums.
Now vinyl is a luxury item, a sign of your high fidelity to the album you are buying and the band that recorded it. It's a strange phenomenon, and it may not last, but right now it's great news for music makers and music lovers.

The Hot New Audio Technology of 2014 Is ... Vinyl?


Record store in New York's West Village
The House of Oldies record store in New York's West Village.
Photo by Will Oremus / Instagram
For the first time since the iTunes Store launched in 2003, sales of digital tracks and albums declined last year, Billboard reports. Analysts blame the rise of streaming services like Spotify and Pandora. Sales of CDs also took a big hit, as did album sales overall.
Meanwhile, one format quietly posted huge gains: vinyl records. LP sales were up an amazing 32 percent from 2012, continuing an improbable growth trend that began in the early 1990s and took off around 2007. In fact, as The Oregonian's David Greenwald points out, this was the sixth straight year in which vinyl long-players have recorded their highest sales mark since the advent of Soundscan in 1991. The absolute numbers are still small: 6 million units, or about 2 percent of all album sales in the United States. But the growth has been startling, as you can see in the chart below from Statista, my favorite German statistics portal. (Statista has a short post of its own on the trend.)

Statista: The LP is back
Illustration courtesy of Statista.com
What's going on here? As my Slate colleague Forrest Wickman reminded me, the rise of vinyl is probably best understood against the backdrop of the simultaneous decline of the CD. (Wired's Eliot Van Buskirk predicted this as long as six years ago.) As digital music has migrated from compact discs onto hard drives—and, increasingly, the cloud—collectors interested in a physical copy of their favorite albums no longer see a reason to prefer CDs to LPs. In fact, many prefer the latter, whether for the sound quality, the nostalgic appeal, or simply the beauty of the vinyl record as a design object. CDs and cassettes had their virtues as media, but aesthetics was not among them.

More broadly, the vinyl boom can be seen as yet another manifestation of the societal fetishization of all things "vintage" and analog, which is pretty clearly a response to digitization, corporitization, globalization, and probably some other izations I'm not thinking of right now. Within the music industry, vinyl's renaissance is also tied to notions of "the album" as a cohesive artistic statement, usually by an actual band. Although 2013's top vinyl record belonged to Daft Punk, three out of every four LPs sold were rock albums, Billboard observes. And about 65 percent were sold at independent music stores.

Does this mean we can all go back to calling them record shops?

Berza ploča u Trubi




građanka: Milena Milošević
1382335_10202129761594487_2145385272_n“Berza ploča“ na kojoj se kupuju i razmenjuju vinil ploče održaće se 16. februara od 11 do 13 sati u klubu „Truba“. Četvrtu godinu za redom Berzu posećuju kolekcionari iz svih većih gradova Srbije. Od ove godine ova razmena i prodaja ploča organizuje se jednom mesečno, a ulaz je slobodan i otvoren za sve.
Zoran Cekić, jedan od organizatora Berze smatra da je interesovanje za gramofonske ploče oduvek postojalo, samo je sa ekspanzijom digitalnog zvuka analogni jedno vreme zapao u drugi plan.
„Poslednjih par godina svuda u svetu raste broj prodaja vinila i otvaraju se ponovo prodavnice ploča. Svako ko voli analogni zvuk rećiće da ima tu toplinu koju CD nema. I sam ritual puštanja ploča ima tu draž koju svaki zaljubljenik u pucketavi zvuk navodi kao prednost u odnosu na digitalni“.
Cene ploča na berzama kreću se od 100 dinara pa naviše, a poneki očuvani primerci rok i progresivnih grupa iz 60-tih i 70-tih godina dostižu cene i do više hiljada dinara. Najviše se traže i prodaju klasici kao što je Pink Floyd- The dark side of the moon, Mils Davis- Kind of blue, The Rolling Stones- Exile on main street. Tražene su i ploče Amy Winehouse, The Black Keys-a, EKV-a, Partibrejkersa i Haustora.

Berza gramofonskih ploca u Kragujevcu!!!!

Berza gramofonskih ploca u Kragujevcu!!!!
02.Februara 2014.Nedelja.Od 10 do 16h.
Cafe"OBLOMOV"Branka Radicevica 14(preko puta
Doma omladine).
Ko dolazi da izlaze svoje ploce bilo bi pozeljno da
dodje u 09:00 do 09:30 h.
Dobro dosli..
— са Berza Gramofonskih Ploca и Borko Bojovic.

среда, 27. новембар 2013.

Berza gramofonskih ploca u Nisu

Dan za ljubitelje vinila

Autor Maja Micić Izvor Južne vesti | Niš
Ploča
Foto: Orlando Contreras López/Flickr
“Berza ploča”, koja se tradicionalno organizuje svake prve nedelje u mesecu okupiće poštovaoce pucketavog zvuka 1. decembra u kafiću “Truba”.
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Zastupljeni su svi muzički žanrovi; foto: facebook.com/truba.kafe
Organizator Zoran Cekić kaže da berza uvek privuče mnogo kolekcionara i izlagača, a da su zastupljeni svi muzički žantovi.
Primerci se mogu kupiti, kako kaže Cekić po najrazličitijim cenama u zavisnosti od očuvanosti i traženosti.
- Na prošloj berzi za najviše para se prodalo prvo izdanje “Dark side of the moon” benda “Pink floyd”, koštalo je oko 5.000 dinara - kaže Cekić.
Svaki ljubitelj gramofonskih ploča biće u prilici da prelista vinile od 11 do 14 časova i nađe neki od naslova kojim će obogati kolekciju.