What exasperates me is that in some cases vinyl is the ONLY format available for a given piece of music. GRRR... what are these artists/labels thinking?! It HAS to be limiting their sales and exposure.
Vidna's Fear Falls Burning project and the Type label are two notable offenders here.
Something I've learned with vidnaObmana is that, considering the limited commercial range, it's hardly impossible to keep all of your releases in stock. To be honest, I never felt comfortable with carrying along my backcatalogue due to my constant search for development and creating something new. When I stopped my vidna project, I got re-introduced to vinyl and this is why I felt so in tune with the concept that I decided to release an overweight of my fear falls burning works on vinyl and strictly limited. Nowadays, with the return of vinyl, you can actually have high quality pressings which are almost equal to the soundquality of a compact disc.
There're actually two essential reasons why I prefer vinyl over compact discs these days. First off is the superior packaging ! I just don't like the small format of a cd any longer (especially the awefull jewelboxes are so disrespectful to art - one exception is the japanese mini gatefold sleeve). For a lp you can really work with visuals, photography and much more on a larger scale while adding a personal and handmade touch to it all, add to it the beautiful colors of vinyl you can have your music pressed on, and you've a luxurious release which is so more personal and unique.
Secondly, the limited length on a lp... Perhaps this sounds strange coming from a former ambient musician, a musicstyle which normally demands longform pieces and maximum cd times, but when you've only 40 minutes to your disposal (20 minutes per side that's) you do work much more focused and determined to make a statement that is to the point and much more condensed. For the listener as well the attention span remains throughout the complete listening session, not mentioning the fact that you've to get up and flip the record to listen to the 2nd side. This all contributes to a much more lively listening experience.
When I see how my fear falls burning vinyls are selling and how enthusiastic people respond to the covers, packaging and uniqueness of such releases, I can only conclude that vinyl is back.
And to make the circle is even more complete, I'm happy to announce that the very last vidnaObmana release will be a 8lp box-set. 1987-2007 chasing the odyssee will be the definite retrospective on Dutch vinyl specialist tonefloat. The box-set will contain 6 lps covering my solo work, selections from the releases on Projekt, Hypnos, Hic Sunt Leones and Relapse Records (thanks to the labels involved to make this all happen), 1 live lp and 1 remix lp.
After that the book is closed.
PS. It seems that my old loginname got deleted so that's why I re-registered myself...