Sounding out the past

We’ve come a long way.Or have we? (as Hilary Mantel might say). I was looking through some old archived Argos catalogues online and was struck by how standard the offerings were throughout the decades. Just the technology changed. Home furnishings, garden accessories, tat we don’t really need. Nothing particularly radical. The same but different.

Whale Oil On Tape

You live and learn…aka…things I didn’t know yesterday… As the music industry endlessly remasters its classic analogue recorded catalogue it sometimes finds that the master tapes of some classic albums are literally falling apart. In some cases this has been attributed to manufacturers coming under pressure to stop using whale oil in its tape formulations…

8-Track Nat

I picked up a retro music centre (remember that term) a while ago with a built in 8-track player and a bag of old tapes. Having never really experienced 8-tracks before it’s been interesting to savour the obviously now defunct technology although many of the bag-o-tapes veer towards the country music end of the spectrum…

DJ Deck Of Choice To Die?

It is rumoured that a classic workhorse of the music DJ is to stop being manufactured in February 2010. The Technics SL1200 series of vinyl turntables first saw the light of day in 1972 as a Hi-Fi turntable with an improved MK2 model released in 1978 and soon became the DJ’s dependable favourite. It is…

A Lasting Walkman Memory

The cassette Walkman is 30 years old. I must admit the young me was less than impressed when she first saw the concept (I remember thinking ‘I doubt many people will want one of those’) but got to listen to one in a record store that also sold audio goods and the sound through headphones…

Vinyl Heaven Happy Birthday

more about “ How to make a 7 inch single“, posted with vodpod The vinyl record is 60 years old.Peak sales where in 1979 at around 80 million. Recently annual sales of 200,000 were the norm but the revival of the 7″ single has increased that to around 1 million sales per year as vinyl…