Letters to the Editor

Dead Medium Walking

The CD lives: I must say, as a self-producing musician, I was a little disturbed -- yet intrigued -- by the article ["DISConnect," by John Nova Lomax, January 4], partially, of course, because after years, I've finally acquired the capacity to produce quality recordings at home. Now I want to scream, "No, don't take it away now!"

This being said, there are some glaring errors in the article. Contrary to what many believe, CD is still a far superior format, soundwise, than any of the other technologies mentioned. This can be proven. All the hype over vinyl is romantic nonsense -- people always love to collect obsolete items. I personally have a small collection...hanging on my wall.



Same is true for MP3, a compression technology which can never match the clarity of uncompressed CD. True, the average listener may not care. Nonetheless, there will always be a cadre of serious aficionados who want the best sound quality.

Yes, MP3 may cut into CD sales, and a few may amass enormous vinyl collections, but if a technology is going to seriously challenge CD as an artistic medium, it has yet to show itself.

Shiloh Lee Akin

Great article, Lomax: I've worked repairing car and home equipment and played music for years. Analogue and vinyl will always give a warmer, more human feel, far superior to digital. I hope everyone reads this article -- it was great.

Technology will never replace oxygen.

Ameenifu Abdur-Raheem

Sigh... As an owner of a music store, I was immediately drawn to your cover story, "DISConnect," on the state of music, its medium and the Houston stores that sell it. But shortly after getting into the article, I realized that this was going to be another one of those articles, in which my shop, Vinal Edge Records, was going to be ignored. I do realize that we aren't "just a few blocks" from the Houston Press offices like the stores that were mentioned in the article. The store owners interviewed (Curt of "Sound Ex," Thomas of "Sig's") have a wealth of knowledge, and I have nothing but good things to say about them. The problem lies in the "inner-loop centric" attitude of in-town writers. We up here in the "great north" of the FM 1960 area have come to call folks who ignore us "inner-loop snobs." The irony is that while the writers don't always make it out this far, the advertising reps always do.

You would think that a record store like ours would have gotten a little attention in this article for many reasons. We have probably the deepest selection of vinyl records in Houston. We also have one of the best experimental music selections in the U.S., great "stoner rock" and punk sections, and so much more. My staff and I have worked so very hard for more than 21 years to have as great a record and CD store as this town will support. It's not around the corner from the Houston Press offices, but it is in your distribution area. Come out and see what we are about -- critique us, love us, hate us, but please, do not ignore us.

Chuck Roast
Owner, Vinal Edge Records



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