Phonocut to become first machine to enable easy, at-home vinyl cutting

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Phonocut to become first machine to enable easy, at-home vinyl cuttingPhonocut Top View

The days of CD mixtapes are long gone, but amidst the rising popularity of vinyls, a new mechanism will soon be available for music consumers to cut their own vinyl in a matter of minutes.

A team of European inventors are currently designing the Phonocut, a desktop analog vinyl lathe that allows users to create custom 10-inch records. The new machine is on track to become the first of its kind, with accessibility at the heart of its design, the machine is suited for any run-of-the-mill music connoisseur (with about $1100 dollars at their disposal). At the moment, the Phonocut team is embarking on its first series of recording sessions, test-driving the first fully functional prototype in Los Angeles.

Spurred by a vision to introduce a new chapter of record production, the home vinyl recorder condenses record creation to three easy steps—place the blank record on the tray, connect to an audio input, and press the start button. The vinyls will store approximately 10-15 minutes of music per side.

“People love records, but they don’t know anything about how they are produced. We have to inspire them to think about it and raise their awareness for the possibilities of what they can do with it,” said co-founder Florian “Doc” Kaps.

Phonocut will be available for pre-order on Kickstarter Tuesday, October 15, with plans to send out the first shipment of units December of 2020. Find more information here.

H/T: Fader & Wired

Weekend Rewind: Boys Noize’s iconic vinyl-only Essential Mix turns 10

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Weekend Rewind:  Boys Noize’s iconic vinyl-only Essential Mix turns 10Boys Noize 2018

Boys Noize has been a pioneer since breaking out in the early aughts. A decade ago, he was one of the standout artists helming the blog house movement and bringing it to the prominence it had at its peak. It was also around this time that his namesake imprint really began taking off as a platform for top quality music.

Naturally, Pete Tong had his eyes on the German icon from his earliest years, and in 2009, invited him onto Essential Mix. The mix is now a sonic time capsule from the memorable time that was the Blog House Era, with a great deal of the selections mirroring the distinctive mixture of funk, electro, and tech that dominated the dance music sphere at the time. To boot, Boys Noize mixed entirely in vinyl, showing off his mixing skills in any medium.

His mix now turns ten years old on October 10, and to honor it, we’ve selected it as this week’s edition of Weekend Rewind.

Vinyl sales will likely surpass CD sales for the first time in more than 30 years

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Vinyl sales will likely surpass CD sales for the first time in more than 30 yearsAmoeba Music Building July 24 2019

The vinyl resurgence is now more than just a phenomenon. It’s a fact.

For the first time since 1986, vinyl sales in 2019 are set to be greater than that of CDs. According to a mid-year report released from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), vinyl sales increased at the triple the rate that CDs were decreasing.

On Sept. 5, RIAA released the 2019 iteration of the same report which saw the numbers leaning even more in favor of vinyl. Vinyl record revenue reached $224.1 million (on 8.6 million units) in the first half of 2019, just shy of the $247.9 million (on 18.6 million units) earned from CDs. Last year, vinyl revenue grew by 12.8 percent in Q3 and Q4, and 12.9 percent in the Q1 and Q2 of 2019. CD revenue, on the other hand, remained mostly stagnant.

This trend certainly did not occur overnight, though. As streaming and other entirely digital methods of musical consumption became endlessly popular for their sheet convenience, vinyl became a symbol of connection for seasoned music fans.

Not only because of the dismal royalty rates provided to artists by streaming services but because vinyl is often viewed as a relic of a past musical age—one where it was required to leave the house, go to a record store and look through whatever sort of crates, boxes, or bins were in the shop to find the desired album.

The steady increase in vinyl sales demonstrates a level of passion within the worldwide music community—a kind of passion that will fuel a new generation of creativity and exploration, and the music from that generation will reflect this passion.

H/T: Rolling Stone

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Chance the Rapper brings mixtapes to streaming services, launches vinyl/new album pre-order

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Chance the Rapper brings mixtapes to streaming services, launches vinyl/new album pre-orderChance The Rapper By Mike Lavin @thehomelesspimp

Chicago’s Chance the Rapper is giving the people what they want this summer. In addition to launching the pre-order for his impending LP, or as he recently referred to it, his “Owbum,” due this July, he’s brought two of his widely revered mixtapes, Acid Rap (2013) and 10 Day (2012) to major streaming services. The mixtapes were previously only available via SoundCloud.

Both bodies of work, in addition to his third mixtape, Coloring Book (2016), are also available for vinyl pre-order via his website. The “Cocoa Butter Kisses” rapper is also offering fans a chance to secure access to his world tour pre-sale. More information on how to enter is available here.

Between his Super Bowl televised, Doritos-sponsored sighting alongside the Backstreet Boys this past February, Chance has also appeared on tracks in recent memory with the likes of Ed Sheeran, 2 Chainz, and YBN Cordae.

Photo Credit: Mike Lavin

The ‘Shrek’ soundtrack is finally getting a vinyl release

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The ‘Shrek’ soundtrack is finally getting a vinyl releaseShrek.0

Hey now all-star! The Shrek soundtrack is coming to vinyl on August 2. This will be the first vinyl release of the iconic animated feature’s original soundtrack since the movie’s premiere back in 2001. Long overdue if you ask us.

Songs famously associated with the ornery ogre’s fantastic adventure like Smash Mouth’s “All Star” and their cover of Neil Diamond’s “I’m a Believer” will be included on the album alongside Rufus Wainright’s rendition of “Hallelujah” and vocal work contributed by Eddie Murphy who played the lovable Donkey throughout the franchise.

A limited edition lime-green vinyl pressing will be available for the die-hard fans in addition to a standard black-vinyl.

The ‘Shrek’ soundtrack is finally getting a vinyl releaseColor Vinyl Product Shot Shrek Music From The Original Motion Picture 1559926256

Beginning with Shrek in 2001, the franchise yielded four films concluding in 2010 with Shrek Forever After. Numerous seasoned actors contributed their voices to the animated series including star Mike Myers as well as Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow, Julie Andrews, and Antonio Banderas. Banderas voiced Puss in Boots who received his own self-titled spin-off in 2011.

The release of the Shrek soundtrack may serve as a preface to a reboot of the franchise which Variety hinted at last year. However, no further details in that regard have been announced yet.

H/T: Rolling Stone

Stardust’s “Music Sounds Better With You” Gets Special Vinyl Release + Official Release On Digital Platforms

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It is appropriate that such an iconic reference; a heavenly flash that burns brightly for one brief moment and never again… would come to define the one-off alliance that produced Music Sounds Better With You.  The song, the eye of a perfect techno-cultural storm became an immediate touchstone for a new and uniquely French kind of

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The Bloody Beetroots and Steve Aoki Celebrate 10th Anniversary of “Warp” with Digital and Vinyl Release

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In 2009, The Bloody Beetroots and Steve Aoki changed the course of dance music forever with “Warp 1.9.” Through three minutes and twenty-four seconds of raw, unparalleled punk rock energy, the pair ushered in the next wave of youth culture, inspiring kids to trade in their guitars for Serato and turntables along the way.  Aoki’s

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Madeon Releases New Single On Limited Number of Vinyls Across Four Locations

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News broke yesterday that Madeon would be dropping a highly anticipated single today. A website “goodfaith.world” was posted to his Instagram and everyone went crazy awaiting the drop at what everyone presumed would be released to the world at the time announced. Madeon New Single This morning when we visited the website, we were gifted

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Streaming services now account for 75% of music industry revenue

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Streaming services now account for 75% of music industry revenueStreaming Services

The music industry has been dancing on the precipice of a sweeping streaming takeover for years. According to a recent report from the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA), that transition was solidified with a reported music streaming growth of 30% in 2018 alone.

The $7.4 billion in categorical revenue came from predicted streaming mammoths like Spotify and YouTube, as well as digital radio hubs like Pandora and SiriusXM. The music business at large was heftily bolstered by paid subscriptions to these streaming domains, accounting for over half the industry’s yearly takeaway for the first time ever.

While digital downloads in recent years accounted for nearly half of industry sales, it spent 2018 continuing its swift decline, finishing with approximately $1 billion in total revenue, dropping a sizable 25% from 2017, and garnering just 11% of the industry pie. Mirroring downloads is physical sales, down 23% in 2018 alone, with $1.15 billion in sales.

A bright spot for the latter sector, however, came in the form of a firm incline in vinyl sales, which saw its most profitable year ($419 million) since 1988, which should come as no surprise to those who’ve been tuning in to industry trends of the past decade or so.

The 2018 report in full can be found here.

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Vinyl sales quintupled from 2013 to 2018

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Vinyl sales quintupled from 2013 to 2018Royalty Free Vinyl

Vinyl sales continue to surge, even through the rise and prominence of streaming services.

2018 marked the 13th consecutive year that vinyl sales have grown, according to Nielsen Music, which has been tracking music sales since 1991. But the record hasn’t just grown for the 13th year in a row—it’s thriving. A new report conducted in accordance with online record shop Norman Music uncovered that vinyl sales quintupled in the period from 2013 to the end of 2018, with 4.2 million records sold in the UK last year.

Additionally, research from the British Phonographic Industry also found that cassette tapes are seeing a revival, with nearly 50,000 sold in 2018. These numbers show a 125-percent increase from 2017 and the largest volume sold since 2004.

Read Norman Music’s full report here.

H/T: DJ Mag