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How Vinyl Records Are Made

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 14, 2023

So, here’s how they make vinyl records at Third Man Records in Detroit. As you might expect, the process is a bit less automated than what you’d imagine for digital music media — those records are human-handled dozens of times before they are finally placed into their jackets.

Vinyl is in the real world. It’s not something that exists only on your computer or your phone, it’s three-dimensional. Your nervous system is designed to take in the sound. It heals you. It’s a nutrient. It’s like vitamins. You feel it. It’s like getting a massage or eating a beautiful sandwich.

See also this slow-motion video of a vinyl record playing, recorded with an electron microscope. You can see how the soundwaves are encoded in the grooves. (via open culture)