Records, Cassettes, CDs, MP3s

That’s actually a question about age, isn’t it?Every decade has its own technology, more or less.

At 11 I got my first radio, Mono, but with FM reception (!).I was able to receive the BBC and Hilversum, but not very well.

A year later came my first cassetterecorder, and my brother gave me my first cassette, an album by Gilbert O’Sullivan.The fact that I was listening to jazz and progressive rock at the time had somehow escaped him, but as is the case with big and small brothers: I was happy to receive something from my big brother, and he was satisfied that he made the distance between us clear.

When I was 16, I bought my first HiFi recorder (“Cassette deck“).That was 1977, the 10th anniversary of John Coltrane’s death, and I spent my nights on the radio (still the old mono radio) and listened to and recorded music. At that time, one was slain on the radio of jazz, that has changed significantly.

For my 17th birthday I bought my first equipment, including a turntable,and that was the start of the record madness.Don’t ask me how many albums I have … Browsing in record stores was the biggest thing for me, and fortunately we had a shop in Oldenburg whose boss was just as much a jazz maniac as I was. He also had imports from Japan. “Pangaea” by Miles Davis from 1975, for example, a live recording from Osaka from 1975. The album was available four times in Oldenburg, one he had, one of my best friend (yes, there is also that with guys), one me, and the fourth went to the trumpeter of a friendly jazz band. Yes, the jazz scene was small and exclusive. (We were often accused of this, but it was actually because the others found our music shit. We were just standing on the music.)

In my university we had a loan library, so I borrowed everything and transferred it to cassette.Everything from Mingus, Artur Rubinstein plays the x “most beautiful piano concertos”, Pharoah Sanders, Ronald Shannon Jackson … Apparently the conductor was also a jazz fan …

I bought my first CD in the 90s, relatively late.I never liked the Tupperp枚tte, into which the CDs were packed. But the parts were practical. I had a long weekend relationship back then and went to her every other weekend. It makes a difference whether you’re towed ten records or ten CDs with you.

In the 2000s I started with audio files.I spent a long time at parties, and at some point I was annoyed by the boxes I always dragged around with me. Professional DJs have been working with MP3s for a long time, I watched this at some party and then tried it. The sound is a bit blurred when you play it at high volume, but we don’t sit there in the concert hall. For dancing, this is enough, and the effort is so much less, the selection much more flexible. And since I like to dance terribly, I was finally able to create a playlist and then disappear for 20 minutes on the dance floor without rotating between the pieces. πŸ™‚

I’m a lazy guy, and when I listen to music on the side, I’m just playing MP3s. This is by far the most practical.But I still like to go to my shelves to choose the right music. But often I don’t find what I’m looking for because the 30 years before MP3 left their mark on my apartment, and as a lazy guy I don’t have it so order. πŸ™

(Another advantage of MP3s.Once sorted, the files stay there. On the other hand, I searched for an album by Elliott Sharp for three days …)

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