The Vinyl Project started by name as a single online homepage in June of 2004. Its concepts and intentions however, took formation much, much earlier. The original location was surfaced just below a rental home in a damp, dark basement. Suffering from limited bandwidth choked by the local ISP, its initial intentions were stifled. Music and independent media delivery were of course a far off reality at The Vinyl Project inception. Farther back still, the burgeoning roots started on a system just nearly beating the processing power of todays' handheld devices.
Early in 1999, the ideas started while installing Linux on an old computer. Linux offered a simple way of pushing personal networks to the world; so that wherever I may be... I would still be 'virtually' at home. Web-tech aside, the folks in Columbus, Ohio were doing well at creating art in its musical form. Predating The Vinyl Project, organizations like ele-mental.org and the now flourishing Dragonfly Neo-V were proving that the transition from vinyl to digital was not a loss of talent or creativity. Vinyl Project was born of that nature; to bring greater exposure of the relationship between media, music and technology without sacrifice.
Though the Columbus electronic music scene may also be (as well) defunct, the direct influence of its once inhabitants have and will continue to fuel this project. Since those times, the project has had its own levels of stagnation. Though it has been online, it has also been quite an exercise in boredom. Its maintainer, Chris Everest, has seen too much infusion of everyday life to keep it strongly alive.
With 'Indy' rock moving more into the heads of the populous and big-media working to deliver our media needs (YouTube, MySpace, iTunes) the project has become a standby operation. The 'electronic' in our music has become that of mass-delivered digital file shares, alternative-branded pop music and pseudo-creative hip-hop. The electronic sounds we hear in everyday music today are those same sounds that were produced 5-10 years ago on late night mix sessions, and week-long bedroom music binges.
The project's future will continue directly toward more connections. In the past ten years, Web Applications have enabled people to move their lives and their resources online. Naturally, with technology and demand advancing in sync, the project will become an excellent outlet for people to share music and life. The Vinyl Project uses Open Source Software and Creative Commons Licensed Media whenever possible. Using open source and open media allows the delivery of more technology, the production of larger ideas and the delivery of better services - faster.
How Can You Help?
The project is cooperative. Money isn't necessary and accounts are free. If you are an individual who wishes to share work freely, the project can then provide services freely. To further sustain the project's growth, top-shelf services are also offered. Offering specialized services at nominal costs, the project is able to explore new technologies. In turn, successful technologies along with high service demands can define the staples of the project. If you would like to be a part of the co-op, drop me line at on the feedback form.
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