Science educator Sam Haynor has come up with a new way of listening to your vinyl records, curiously using your teeth.
As The Vinyl Factory reports, the tooth phonograph method allows you to listen to records by attaching the record needle to a wooden skewer and biting down. From there, vibrations will travel up into the teeth and jaw, allowing the music to resonate inside your head.
A new survey carried out by MRC Data has found that Gen Z (the newest generation, generally born between 1997 and 2012) music fans are purchasing more vinyl records than the millennial generation that came before them.
The survey of 4,041 people, aged 13 and over, which was carried out over the course of two weeks last month, found that 15% of Gen Z respondents said they had purchased vinyl in the past 12 months, compared with 11% of millennial respondents.
Not-for-profit UK label Needs has partnered with environmentally friendly pressing plant Green Vinyl for its next release, which is due out next month.
'NEEDS009' arrives in the wake of the label almost deciding to stop releasing vinyl altogether due to environmental concerns around the energy required to make it, as well as the non-biodegradable status of most vinyl records.
A new record store in Soho, London will let visitors record their music directly to vinyl. Third Man Records — the third global office for Jack White’s label of the same name — will open on 25th September 2021. It has been designed by the ex White Stripes frontman, and aims to be “a physical space to help keep record sales and live performances alive after such a tough period for everyone”.
19.2 million vinyl albums were sold in the US in the first six months of 2021, a 108% increase on the same period of last year.
The figure is significantly higher than the 9.2 million vinyl LPs that were sold in the first six months of 2020, and part of an ongoing trend that has seen vinyl make a huge resurgence in recent years.
Over 500 million records have been catalogued on Discogs.
Three months on from revealing that vinyl sales increased by 40% in 2020, the online vinyl marketplace has announced that three million collectors have now catalogued more than 500 million releases on the platform. That figure is almost double the number that was logged in 2019.
Vinyl test pressings are being used as art canvases in a new London fundraising exhibition.
Organised by MATCHESFASHION in collaboration with Helium London, and curated and created by cult art zine Pavement Licker, Pressing Matters doubles as an exhibition and charity fundraising auction.
With UK vinyl sales having gone up last year by 11.5%, new data suggests that upward trend is to continue through this year.
Sales of vinyl LPs in the UK were up 16.1% year-on-year in the first three months of 2021 to pass a million units (1,080,653), according to Official Charts Company data.
This continued increase is seen as particularly remarkable having come at a time when the UK was in a national lockdown due to COVID-19, with music buyers simply purchasing records online instead of in shops.
Technics have announced a new turntable.
After unveiling the new 1200MK7 direct drive turntable last week, Technics have shared details of a brand new "entry level" turntable which will be available later this year.
Titled the SL-100C, the turntable has been marketed as the lower-priced version of Technic's SL-1500C, and unlike the SL-1500C, will not feature an in-built phono stage or pitch fader.