I’m a little moved right now. The documentary you’re about to see shows how little interest the human race has for its musical heritage. The man behind it is a certain Paul Mawhinney, a vinyl lover who currently has the largest record collection ever archived. More then 3 million records accumulated in a lifetime’s work. A unique accomplishment as 83% of his records dating from 1948 to 1966 are no longer available to the public. Paul now needs to let go of his collection due to personal matters and financial constraints. Estimated at $50 million, he tried to auction them on eBay a couple of months back for $3 million. Unfortunately the lot didn’t get sold so our archiver tried to find institutions such as museums, libraries or universities that would buy and preserve it. No luck to this day. As Paul puts it “it’s heart breaking to see that the world out there doesn’t care, or give a damn about saving it for future generations. That is depressing.”
This short film got me thinking about how music nowadays is the typical fast-food’s burger. We want burgers right away so we get them, burp them and proceed to cleanse our mouths with some sugary gazified beverage. The quality of sound, which we can compare to the quality of the cheese and ingredients of the burger, is inversely proportional to the time it takes us to receive and consume it. We consume music fast so we don’t bother conserving it. All analogies aside the cultural heritage Paul’s collection represents is huge and most of us aren’t leaving much behind besides smashed mp3-players and burned-out hard-drives.