Learning about vinyl records in a digital age

Learning about vinyl in a digital age

The convenience of Googling a song and being able to listen to it in a matter of minutes was not always possible. Before radio, Pandora, or Apple Music, there were vinyl records. 

Junior Journalist Raines Murphy took a trip to Falling Star Records and he says he learned a lot from music guru Tony Doolin. 

"Elvis, you need some Elvis. How about this one," says Doolin.

Raines asked, "How do records work?"

Doolin explained, "You see these tiny little grooves on the record? When you put that on the turntable and you bring the needle over, there is a diamond tip and it runs through the grooves and the vibrations translate into an electronic signal and is reproduced as music."

How many songs can a record play?

"That's a really good question. It  depends on how long the songs are. because you have limited amount of space between the edge of the record and the middle, so you can only put whatever will fit in that space," said Doolin.

He says that vinyl records were at their peak in the late '70s and early '80s, but now he says the music industry is selling more records than CDs.

"This is a lot more fun than an MP3," says Doolin. "This is a way to appreciate the entire album as a whole because you're kind of forced to listen to the album, because you don't want to lift the needle off of the record every other song and keep changing it, so you end up enjoying it a little more."

 

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