There are a few different factors that have contributed to the rise of certain kinds of records, vinyl being the most prominent among the group. Indeed, everything from the recording time of the record itself to the turntable on which the record is played makes a big difference when working out how best to introduce a record with the best recording time for music consumption. Indeed, the limitations of the medium – and current lack there of in the modern music world – has made a big impact on the way music is consumed by the general population. Therefore, tracking this progression throughout history is important for grasping why the digital era of music has become just so intriguing and powerful for the world. While musicians back in the early days of home music playing would never have dreamed that music could be physically stolen, this is a reality that advancement have brought along with them. Artists today, although they cater to the digital age, still do often put out vinyl records of their music. The vintage feel and sound of playing music on a record player is something that few other musical mediums can live up to.
The earliest records, made with an abrasive shellac material, did not give a lot of flexibility to artists in terms of the lengths of music they could create. You could not very well just stop midway through a piece and continue it on the other side of the record; the discontinuity of this would have made the music have less of an impact on the listener. Instead, popular musicians kept their tracks to a minimum and symphonies were recorded back to back to back on many shellac 78’s in order to produce an entire symphony. This method was not ideal, but it served the purpose that it was meant to and at least gave people an opportunity to listen to the music that they so loved. For example, Verdi’s Opera Ernani was recorded on 40 discs, all single sided; Eddie Condon released a recording of his song “A Good Man is Hard to Find” in four separate parts on two discs. Musicians made do with the medium they had. However, large grooves and a scratchy sound made shellac records unsuitable for the future of the music industry. It was these large grooves that made it difficult to record more than five minutes of music on either side of these 12 inch records. That is why vinyl records were so revolutionary in their inception. Vinyl had been experimented with previously, but it was really the microgrooves and the microstylus that changed everything. Now, the records could be the same size but they could play a lot more music, as the medium of the vinyl allowed these smaller grooves to be created. The vinyl record made a huge leap forward for the music industry by providing that longer recording time that had been so desperately longed after. Now, a full forty five minutes could be heard across the 12 inch disc, and records became much more suitable for home use.