In an interview Mike Oldfield said:
How about listening to music. Do you prefer Vinyl, CD, mp3, does that matter to you much as well?
Oh no, I’m glad to see the back of vinyl. That needle in the groove, the scratchy needle. I’m glad to see that gone.
via Drowned In Sound.
For the younger ones: Mike Oldfield probably is one the “last living musical geniuses” (quote: me) of the 20th century. He plays around 3 million instruments, is an extraordinary good guitarist, a composer like no other EVER and most probably mentally ill. But that’s another story. Oh, and he had a lot of comercial success.
When I listen to people today praising that wonderful warmth and sound of vinyl I sometimes think: what about the wonderful warmth of a horse back and the natural feeling of getting transported by a living organism? Is is that why you rather use a car to get from A to B? Or what about ancient telephones with a dial plate? What’s the reason why you use a smartphone today?
I guess it’s something biologically coded inside human beings, or better: men. We still love to make a fire instead of just cooking our food on a stove.
I really love the high accessibility of music to (almost) everyone on the planet due to audio files. Music is a cultural good of a very high value (maybe the highest of all), and everyone in this world should be able to have quick and easy access to it. This would be completely impossible if we’d all have only vinyl. I really also like the CD as a sound carrier, nevertheless it also narrows the accessibility factor. As a music creating artist I embrace the fact that people around the world are able to have access to my music in form of lossless formatted audio files, if they want and if make that possible. It makes me really happy when I know someone in an area of the world which isn’t known for high life quality standards is able to listen to my music that brings him joy and a better feeling of life.
For me that’s what my “job” is about: giving people something they enjoy, with my music. That’s something so positive that I really never ever want to do anything else in my life.
In this context vinyl is counterproductive for everyone involved. People should at least try to let go from time to time, and embrace progress.
I’m almost 40 years old, I grew up with vinyl.