Looking for some perspective... While under the influence last night, I attended a friend's home and nearly melted in my seat listening to records of Wagner and Vivaldi on a second-rate stereo system. When my buddy popped in a CD of the same music, we looked at each other in a mutual "WTF" moment. It struck me all of a sudden that - at least as far as classical music goes - the shit that comes out CDs is NOT the tone of a violin...or cellos...or wind instruments, etc. but some odd-ball hackneyed synthetic suggestion of the same. Fuck. I'm still pissed off about the whole thing. Not just what you might figure is a cliched, hipster "revelation" that CDs suck, but a much deeper sense (at least at the time) that the digital age has killed music in a way. A fucking iTunes library with 60 days worth of music I either listen to at the gym or while surfing the web...degraded in sound and place at once! Anyways, I've spent the past decade slowly amassing a classical CD collection. Now I'm thinking of unloading just about everything to create a vinyl fund. As attached as I am to my collection (some of it is quite rare), I can't think of a single good reason to keep any of it. I could probably obtain a healthy sum for it all, and once it's all transferred onto my computer at a high bitrate, what could I possibly lose out on? An equivalent work on vinyl is probably more valuable and - however rare a CD might get - the vinyl will only be that much rarer. Which is to say nothing about the fact that LPs sound so much better. Has anybody got rid of their physical/digital music collection? I realize that rock/pop and classical may be a bit apples/oranges, but still... FWIW, I own a nice Thorens Turntable...some good old-school KEF Speakers, and a beautiful Marantz Stereo Receiver...so in a way, vintage has somehow always permeated my DNA... Your perspective is welcome.
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2/6/11 at 6:13pm