Is retro really so sad?
Composer Ivan Moody shared yesterday's post about the renaissance of vinyl on Facebook with the exhortation to "Discuss". To which fellow composer Dennis Báthory-Kitsz responded: "Discuss which? The excellent picture or the sad article? Retro makes me sad, but I like the pretty picture -- a kind of museum". So today I am posting another pretty picture taken on my visit to Holland showing the bike park at Leiden central station. Some may dismiss the scene as a sad museum. Others will see it as impressive evidence of how visionary support for a retro technology - the bicycle - by the Dutch government and populace has resulted in a massive improvement in quality of life. This morning BBC News has run the following story:
More than one million vinyl records have been sold in the UK so far this year - the first time the milestone has been achieved since 1996. The figures mark a largely unexpected resurgence in an industry now considered to be dominated by digital.Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live's Wake Up to Money, Martin Talbot, managing director of the Official Charts Company said: "It's really remarkable. We're seeing it come back as a significant earner for the music industry as well.How sad is that? - remember that streaming is not a "significant earner" for musicians. Classical music needs to think outside the box - in more ways than one. Classical music also needs to realise that all new technologies - internal combustion engines and digital platforms - are guilty until proven innocent.
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