I’ve been collecting vinyl records most of my life (and, I’ve got a pretty respectable collection.) There’s something so satisfying about vinyl. There’s the artwork. There’s the hiss and pop of analog sound. There’s the thrill of the chase, a particular delight that comes from unearthing old recordings and digging up treasures that have been gathering dust in attics and basements.
I’m not alone in my love of vinyl. A KEXP DJ (who shall remain nameless) told me that he once had to move because the floors of his house were actually starting to buckle from the weight of his massive record collection.
But, recently, I realized that I had no idea how records are actually made. And, you might be surprised to know that most of the music fiends at KEXP didn’t know either. I had some basic questions. How does music get from a band and into a piece of vinyl? What is a groove, exactly?
It seemed like the perfect assignment for my treasure hunt, so I went to visit Charles Bork and Kris Dorr at Groove-O-Matic to find out more…
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The first music I ever bought was a 1972 Al Green record, used, that I found in a thrift store for 67 cents. I had no idea who Al Green was at the time, but the cover art on the record jacket told me that I would probably love the record. And I did.
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Produced by Julie Caine, 2001 AIR Live Interactive Resident. Editorial oversight by Kevin Cole. Engineering assistance by Matt Ogaz. Video production by Brad Curran. Music by Slow Skate. Live Interactive is a collaboration of KEXP and AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio with financial support from AIR members worldwide, Recovery.gov, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.