The Demise of Analog: The Archive

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Is beauty lost in a digital world?

In today’s over-digitized-auto-tuned-world, the expansive sound of analog is not only becoming a lost practice, but a forgotten commodity. In short, analog (recorded) music is captured at a higher density – with an infinite amount of sound resolution. Digital music on the other hand, is often capped at a particular resolution – rendering it captured with limited density.

It is safe to say that the “true” analog sound died with the vinyl record (albeit making a small comeback). This is a sad reality for Paul Maywhinney – owner of the world’s largest (personal) vinyl collection. In The Archive, director Sean Dunne reveals not only what such a collection looks like, but what a collection of this magnitude represents – both to the music industry and to Maywhinny himself.

It is here that we see a glimpse of the wonder in humanity. We are experiential beings. And we long to experience that which brings us closer to beauty and joy. This is the case of (quality) music for Maywhinney – a perspective and distinction we can all benefit from.

Discover what happens when a musical connoisseur is forced to sell his beloved collection in this brilliant and simple short featured at Sundance 2009 (7min).

The Archive from Sean Dunne on Vimeo.