Re: It's an What's Spinning (In My Head) thread rather than an actual What's Spinning (actual listen)
Posted by Tabernacles E. Townsfolk on 6/16/2017, 7:01 pm, in reply to "Re: It's an What's Spinning (In My Head) thread rather than an actual What's Spinning (actual listen)"
Oh, and classical music is the porn of the recording industry. Just as pornography drives pratically every advance in the video art (and peripheral things like more-powerful internet to download bigger and better-quality files more conveniently and quickly), classical music is directly responsible for the LP. While 78s are fine for singles and pop albums, a 40-minute symphony might take up eight sides and need seven side turns to get through. An LP of the same work fits on one disc, with superior sound quality, only being flipped once. (RCA Victor tried to push the rival 7" 45RPM extended-play format that was basically identical to the 78 album, eight sides and all, but with better sound quality and a much smaller size; the LP, pushed by Columbia Reords, won out and the 7" 45RPM record became the format of choice for singles, etc).
Later the classical market drove stereophonic recording and subsequent advances, including digital recording -- and then there's the (apocryphal) story of the Sony engineer who designed the CD to be able to fit a complete performance of Beethoven's Ninth!
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