aciddose wrote:Broken record indeed. Vinyl fetishism is the ideal example to use.
well, in terms of dollars and sense, a lot of stores have drastically reduced the number of CDs they stock, or eliminate them altogether. used CDs are pretty worthless, while used records go for $20. newly manufactured reels go for $100. there's an appetite out there which is not explained by nostalgia or teenage retro oppositional disorder. Fast Fourier Transform initially hit big because of clarity and convenience, but it lacks some not easy to describe visceral fundamental that young ears find to be substantially more pleasing. kind of like how recent the flurry digital 3-D movies hasn't obtained a real solid toe-hold. they're interesting, but not as convincing as, say, one of Dali's old laser holograms. (i suspect holographics will eventually be THE satisfactory sensory reproductive medium, but the technology remains expensive and elusive. "Help me, Obi Wan Knobi. You're my only hope.")