Vinyl and the New Age of Analogue

Britain’s Financial Times take a look at a London shop whose business is booming because of the resurgence in vinyl.

In a small, dimly lit studio perched on the edge of London’s Westway flyover, Pete Hutchison is listening closely. Very closely. Not that there is any need to strain. Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 cascades like an avalanche from a rotund pair of speakers; explosive timpani pound the air of the soundproofed room into its fabric-lined walls.Volume is unlikely to make much difference to Hutchison’s trained ear. He’s something of an aural specialist, producing hyper-authentic pressings of rare mid-20th-century classical vinyl records.

Releases by The Electric Recording Company, Hutchison’s production outfit, are valuable: a volume of Bach’s unaccompanied violin sonatas by Johanna Martzy sells for £300; it’s £2,500 for a seven-LP box set of Mozart à Paris with conductor Fernand Oubradous. The cost, he says, is a result of the time and effort that goes into the manufacture of the albums: this is more than reproduction, this is replication down to the last audiovisual detail. “If you think of an audiophile as an outpatient at a psychiatric ward then us, in here with this equipment, we’re sectioned,” he says.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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