Thursday, January 21, 2010

The death of the record


Chrome domed dilettante Brian Eno talking to Paul Morley in The Observer:

"I think records were just a little bubble through time and those who made a living from them for a while were lucky.

There is no reason why anyone should have made so much money from selling records except that everything was right for this period of time.

I always knew it would run out sooner or later. It couldn't last, and now it's running out. I don't particularly care that it is and like the way things are going.

The record age was just a blip. It was a bit like if you had a source of whale blubber in the 1840s and it could be used as fuel.

Before gas came along, if you traded in whale blubber, you were the richest man on Earth.

Then gas came along and you'd be stuck with your whale blubber. Sorry mate – history's moving along.

Recorded music equals whale blubber. Eventually, something else will replace it."

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Jeffry Pilcher said...

And yet the sound of a record needle scratching across an album has transcended its place in history to become an audio icon for "abrupt end" or "Say whaaaa???"

100 years from now, that sound will probably still be around, and most people won't have a clue where it came from.

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