Jason Schmidt (Graf Orlock)
SPB: Rank these listening formats: cd, vinyl, cassette, digital, (other?)
Schmidt: I would rank these in the degree to which they are both visually and aurally pleasing. I would say vinyl would be top in that it has an expandable format and has a lot of low end that an MP3 would lack, squeezing it into a format that can be packed into a phone. Although I generally dislike the resurgence of cassettes I am a child of the ‘80s and I used to walk around listening to Kill ‘Em All on my walkman trying to find out everything I could about the band I would later find out is a crew of loser dads. CDs, I was never too fond of, mostly because I scratched the living shit out of them and the physical lack of a tape you can wind back up and general helplessness of space age laser tech enrages me. Digital is difficult; it is so convenient but removes half of the experience of the tangible object and since its advent probably killed the cohesion of an entire record as much if not more than the music industry itself.