They crack, crackle, rumble and after approximately 20 minutes had to be flipped over. But in spite of these idiosyncrasies – or perhaps because of them – lots of people are now investing in LPs again. With a market share of just two per cent, the once iconic LP made of polyvinyl chloride may be no more than a fringe phenomenon of the music business. But a fourfold increase in sales in just five years shows that in an age dominated by screens and interfaces, analogue objects that stand out for their haptic qualities, still have the power to capture the imagination. Especially interesting to witness is the way designers and entrepreneurs are responding to this revival of a technology once written off as archaic.
The name Pioneer is blazoned on many pieces of equipment in the clubs of this world. From the standard-setting CDJs to the solid mixers of the DJM series and whole sound systems, the Japanese audio specialist provides pretty well everything that a good club needs in the way of sound equipment. Pioneer’s XDJ-1000 again breaks new ground and as a pure USB player pre-empts the question of how the future will look without physical audio media like LPs and CDs. After all, there can be no doubt that the future of music collecting everywhere is pocket-sized – and not just in clubs. That much was clear even when we made the switch from LP to CD.