A Moment of Silence

I have posited this before in the presence of friends. I believe records and cassettes are a superior way of listening to recorded music. No, not for the quality of sound, or for some hipster, nostalgic moment. 

I believe these formats are superior because they demand pause. When one side ends, you get this moment of silence that in an era of perpetual streaming we may actually forget we need.

In formal education, orchestrators are taught that the silence between the pitches are as important, if not more important than the pitches we choose. Without rest we are in a perpetual state of musical run on sentences that make sense at first but after awhile all start to blur together and cause confusion as to what the the subject object and goal is of the work of art causing complete inundation and total over-saturation we never actually


We need the moment of silence... To reflect on what we just experienced... To create context... to digest... to re-stimulate appetite. 

Another reason I believe these formats are superior is because they require interaction. You can set a 4-hour Spotify playlist and go on auto pilot. No matter how much you love music, a good chunk of it will fade to black after awhile, because the human attention span is only so long. It will invariably become background noise. But with records and cassettes, you have to snap back into it to flip it and re-tune, creating an environment of active participation. 

All in all, we decide what we value when it comes to how we consume art. I am 100% here for the technology that allows me to hit it and quit it (referring to pressing play and get your mind out the gutter), but I rarely am as fulfilled when listening to recorded music via perpetual stream as I am when listening to a well-crafted album on wax. That space between the sound makes it an event worth experiencing.