Bringing the Vinyl Sound Back to Music

Our son Will, a musician, is working for Burl Audio in Santa Cruz. They make recording devices that (as I understand it), allow musicians to bring some old school sound into digital recording. Will says that there’s a warmth to vinyl records that you don’t get with straight digital processes.

   Keith Richards, in his (v. good) autobiography, wrote about how the Rolling Stones could get all kinds of effects using a tape deck that cannot be done digitally these days.

   I think Burl is on the right track. In many areas these days, people are trying to figure out how to hold on to soul in an increasingly digitized world. It’s not so much that “…the old is new again,” but that the old is being re-examined to determine which of its qualities can be retained.

From Rich Williams, Burl engineer/meister: “I am in essence heavily analog leaning, because I believe that is where the true SOUL of the music resides. We have Studer’s here in our studio, Paradise Recording, that we love, and we spin vinyl, but we also realize where the modern recording industry is. Digital is a great media for “fingerprinting”, manipulating and synthesizing music, but to me, the world is analog and our souls are analog. Burl audio is here to bring the SOUL POWER back to music, and the Mothership is our method.”

Burl’s home page:

The Mothership is their hot item:

As I write this I’m listening to a record on the turntable: “Billy Joe Shaver.”

“I got it all down to one movin’ part

And that movin’ part is me…”

Cold Friday night, time for dinner…

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

2 Responses to Bringing the Vinyl Sound Back to Music

  1. "The World is analog…" As I cruise around on my bike in my once small Florida fishing village/surf town I play a game of trying to remember fine old houses that are now empty lots, and snatches of woods that are now retail centers. Gone and soon forgotten and then one day we have lost forever something we never even knew we had. Soon, a new addition to the jetty may take away a unique break that put us on the map.

    I guess the Ocean is analog also.

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