New Release of the Week. Listen and rate Album 001 by Soul River
Just recently, a release from Soul River, a project unknown to the overwhelming majority, came out. The album under the rather plain cover was immediately drowned in the stream of the same newcomers creations – it threatened to be forever forgotten and unnoticed by anyone. But in a few weeks the album appeared in several famous music magazines and attracted attention with good ratings and reviews. The hype has gone, only the music is left and we also decided to prepare for you a small but nice review where we’ll tell why you should pay attention to this album and why at least three tracks should appear in your playlists after reading this review.
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History of vinyl records
Many people would agree that the vinyl record is an icon of the twentieth century. They’ve been passed down through several generations. Despite the fact that cassettes and CDs have now supplanted this medium, it continues to have aficionados and lovers all over the world. So, why do people continue to be drawn to something that appears to be a relic of a bygone era?
The creation of technology that could play back gramophone recordings is closely tied to the history of not only vinyl, but also other phonograph records. Thomas Edison, a young scientist, patented his invention, the phonograph, which allowed people to record and play back sound, in 1877. It was recorded on a cylindrical roller covered in tin foil or wax tape with a needle that left a trace. It was a genuinely great invention at the time. The idea of recording sound on a drum and its subsequent replication was scientifically confirmed and explained by the French poet and inventor Charles Cros in the same year. Based on these discoveries, Emile Berliner, an American inventor, devised a novel technique of capturing and reproducing sounds and invented the recorder and the phonograph 10 years later. Berliner was the one who proposed that the recording medium be in the shape of a circular disk.
The invention of the phonograph accelerated the development and refinement of sound media significantly. Celluloid recordings were the first to arrive, followed by rubber and shellac records. Vinyl records, often known as “long” recordings, were popular after WWII. Because they were composed of polyvinylchloride and lasted considerably longer than their predecessors, they were given this name.
Previously, recordings were thick, heavy, and fragile (no sturdier than glass). They also spun very rapidly, so even big albums didn’t sound like they lasted more than five minutes. All of this put them at a disadvantage when it came to reels and spools. As a result, Columbia, the main gramophone record producer at the time, employed condensed recording technology to boost playing length to 30 minutes in 1948. Columbia’s competitor RCA, not wanting to be left behind, created a 175mm diameter record with a 45 rpm spin speed.