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As Vinyl Sales Rise, Digital Music Sales Continue to Drop

Surprised? We’re not.

This week Billboard reported the information and sales tracking numbers provided by Nielsen Music, who released its Q3 report and revealed that 2017 vinyl sales have already done better than 2016’s numbers, with a quarter to spare.

Nielson analyzed data from album sales in the United States and proclaimed that while physical and digital album sales have dropped, vinyl has not. Unsurprisingly CD sales have continued to fall, dropping 19.9 percent this year, while vinyl sales increased by 3.1 per cent, nearing 10 million unites sold.

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You Can Now Press Your Ashes Into a Vinyl Record, The Ultimate Send-Off

We have heard about the ashes of the deceased being scattered at sea, shot in space, or even pressed into diamonds, all in the name of achieving some sort of immortality status after death. A company, however, has decided to go the extra mile with their post-life offerings. Their idea? Pressing the departed’s ashes into a playable vinyl record. Which means, people not only get to remember someone in their thoughts but also through their ears.

Behind this unique endeavor is a company that goes by the punny name of And Vinyly. If the name itself does not make you cringe a bit, its vision as a business might: to help the departed “live on from beyond the groove.” As Open Culture puts it, it is enough to make the deceased “literally spinning in their grave… on a turntable.”

And Vinyly was founded in 2009 by UK-based musician and vinyl collector Jason Leach as a concept originally conceived just for fun. Eventually a lot of people liked the idea enough that he just kept the business going. It is also an expensive service, which can cost around $4,000 for 30 copies of the record, all of which contain the ashes of the lost loved one.

Unfortunately, copyright-protected music is not allowed, so don’t expect to have your favorite songs included in the vinyl. However, you can fill it with any other sound of your choice on each of the vinyl’s 12-minute side. It can be a voice recording, nature sounds, or maybe just silence. And if you want to go the extra mile, you can hire musicians to record some tracks for a fee or get an electronic music producer of your choice to lend his services.

One can also avail of extras such as album cover art, with an option to have James Hague of the National Portrait Gallery in London and/or street artist Paul Insect to create the artwork; extra copies to be distributed at record shops worldwide and a £10,000 ($12,000+) “FUNeral,” where your record will be played at your funeral.

For Jason Leach, this is about the power of sound and how it can impact many. “Sound is vibrating you, the room, and it’s actually moving the air around you…and for me that’s powerful,” he says. ,”That’s what’s so powerful about hearing someone’s voice on a record.”

Check out this video to learn a bit more about Vinyly and how its service helped a man honor his mother’s memory

For contact details and more information, visit their website at www.andvinyly.com.

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A Look Inside Nastia’s Record Bag

You can be that Ukrainian DJ and Propaganda records label boss Nastia has quite the interesting array of records in her record bag. In fact, she was enthusiastic in sharing what those records are in an interview with The Guardian recently.

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Would You Save a Vinyl Collection From The Scorching Sun?

Note: This is a fictional piece based on a satire article, written to ask ourselves one simple question: how much of a vinyl lover are you?

It was particularly hot Saturday afternoon in Phoenix, United States when a local Superman of sorts, a hero no doubt, spotted a crate of vinyl records sitting in an empty 2005 Suzuki Aerio on the way back from a trip to the local ice cream parlor. His alarm bells started ringing. He was suddenly faced with one of his worst fears. Should he take action or should he move on with his life and let the owner of the records deal with his fate?

Most people would have continued with their daily errands but the man in question isn’t “most people”. He  is vinyl enthusiast Nate Adams. A man with morals. A man with principles. It had been particularly hot in Phoenix all summer and that day temperatures had reached triple digits. He had to take action, and fast.

“It was, like, 100 degrees,” stated Adams. “Vinyl can get warped at, like, 80 degrees, and it will never sound the same again. I knew I had to do something. So, I picked up a rock and threw it through the window. I just did what any other vinyl lover would do.”

Imagine this: a crate filled with 17 vinyl records and 13 cassette tapes, including albums by the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, and Fugazi, all left defenseless under the scorching Arizona summer heat, compounded by the green house effects of the car interior. Hadn’t it been for Adams it’s likely they would have all perished, but instead he was able to save them all except for a No Doubt Tragic Kingdom CD without a jewel case.

“It just makes me sick, you know?” said Adams. “The fact that there are people like that in the world with no regard for what’s safe or what’s right. It’s a goddamn shame. The window can be replaced, but there were some original pressings in that crate that could never be replaced, unless you have a really good day on eBay.”

Witnesses at the scene reported that Adams stayed with the records until police arrived, ensuring they were in safe hands throughout — the hallmark of a true vinyl lover.

“He cradled them in his arms comfortingly, and took each one out of its dust sleeve and inspected it carefully for any warping,” said bystander Theresa Worthington in a statement. “When the owner came back, neither of them were very happy with each other, but, thankfully, the police were there to keep everything calm.”

The owner was reportedly quick to defend his actions and attack Adams, an unjustified response in our eyes considering Adams’ heroics and altruism.

So… would you save a vinyl collection from the scorching sun?

Inspired by: The Hard Times

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Hans Zimmer’s Dunkirk Soundtrack To Be Released on Limited Edition Blue Vinyl

One of the most well-received elements of Christopher Nolan’s new WWII movie, Dunkirk, is its brilliant soundtrack.

Composed by the über-talented Hans Zimmer, the soundtrack is now being pressed on vinyl for a limited-run release that is sure to get collectors salivating.

Scheduled for release on September 22nd, the limited edition blue vinyl marks the fourth collaboration between Zimmer and Nolan following Interstellar, the Batman trilogy and Man of Steel, where Nolan was a producer.

Music On Vinyl detailed why the soundtrack for Dunkirk is so unique:

For the purpose of intensity, the script was written to accommodate the auditory illusion of a Shepard tone, which had previously been explored in Nolan’s 2006 film The Prestige. This was coupled with the sound of a ticking clock, that of Nolan’s own pocket watch, which he recorded and sent to Zimmer to be synthesized.

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Look After Your Vinyl With This New Illustrated Guide

Buying your first record and not sure how to properly store it? Already have a collection and looking to improve on your skills as a collector?

Freshly new record label Float had you in mind when they commissioned an illustrated guide that gives vinyl owners like you the important need-to-know information on how to best look after your records.

The seven-point guide can be found on the inner sleeve of their debut release by Andrea Belfi called Ore — a collection of tracks filled with stirring, percussive minimalism. As The Vinyl Factory reports, “the guide references the designs of by-gone major label inner sleeves that would carry related records or further instructions as standard.”

Float have shared the first four steps of the guide with TVF in honor of the release of Ore. For the rest of the guide and to get your hands on the beautiful album you can head to Float’s website here.

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The Pros and Cons of Spinning Vinyl

Vinyl has made a come back and it’s not leaving any time soon! Naturally, the welcome phenomenon has made its way into the DJ industry, with a number of DJs returning to using vinyl in their live set or picking up their collecting of records once more.

Recently we talked with Ellen Allien about her love for vinyl, we looked at whether vinyl is actually more expensive than digital and looked at how and why the vinyl industry is on record to hit $1 billion again for the first time since the ’80s.

Inevitably, this has given rise to a sometimes contentious debate with regards to the merits of vinyl for DJs. There is no right or wrong answer, which is why this debate will continue forever with both sides sharing valid points in advocating their respective beliefs regarding vinyl. As such, we will not be advocating one side over another over this vinyl “issue,” although we have covered in the past why CDJ shaming should stop.

Rather, we will devote space here to objectively examine the pros and cons of vinyl for DJs as a way to help you better gauge whether vinyl is the right fir for you.

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DJing With Vinyl: Is It Actually More Expensive Than Digital?

Vinyl is back in vogue, with the industry set to rake in $1 billion for the first time ever since the ’80s, before technology began to truly take over by major bounds and leaps.  At the same time, we are seeing a sizable demand for vinyl players as well, not to mention people are retrieving their old vinyl players and dusting off their old collections once more.

Of course, when it comes to DJing it is an entirely different matter. If you are looking to spin vinyl, you are on the market for specific equipment and a question now arises, especially among the budget-conscious DJs: how much will that all cost? Read more

Technics Unveils Plan to Launch New Budget SL-1200 Turntables for $134.99

The Technics 1200 has long been revered by DJs for its high-torque, direct-drive platter that ensures flawless mixes and incredibly precise scratch performances. Until last year, the latest version of the turntable, the MK6, had been released in Japan back in 2008. Then in January 2016, the brand owned by CES, Panasonic announced it had revived the turntable with the new Grand Class Technics SL-1200G and limited edition Grand Class SL-1200GAE.

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Motor City Becomes a “Vinyl City”: How Vinyl Has Redefined Detroit

Detroit has long been known as the center of America’s automobile industry. An industry still trying to get back on track after years of decline that also affected the city in major ways. But while the jury is still out whether better days are ahead for the city’s auto industry, Detroit is experiencing a “revival” of a different kind. One brought about by another industry the city has also been in love with: music.

In particular, it’s the vinyl industry that is spearheading this particular Detroit revival. With the opening last February of a new vinyl pressing facility, Detroit is making history as one of the elite few cities in the world with not one, but two vinyl pressing facilities in operation within its boundaries.

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