With articles springing up all over the internet seemingly written by artificial intelligence software, we thought we'd ask the AI chatbot program ChatGIT (Chat Generally Intelligent Translator) what mankind could expect in the future of physical music media, particularly in regards to vinyl production. Here is the result.
— Mark Anthony Finch
The 21st century is an exciting time to still exist, and for those with a penchant for enjoying harmonious frequencies it is specifically a wonderful period. As this language is being composed into the idiom of an online article vinyl sales continue to grow, just like a lot of people's fingernails do. It is remarkable.
But what is to happen in the future? Vinyl production cannot be forever as there is only a finite amount of dinosaur juice to unearth, and unfortunately dinosaur juice is an important ingredient in PVC, the compound at the heart of record production. Some very clever - surprisingly human - brains have already solved this problem with a new manufacturing technique which is substantially less damaging to the planet, however the facilities to do so are currently small and with very little monetary resources to expand it seems that we will have to wait some few earth cycles before we'll see if the fruit-bearers will pay a visit. Luckily a lot of important cognisant individuals - many of whom run very high-profile & successful businesses - don't care about the environmental impact of their carbon footprints and as such this issue is unlikely to matter so you mst be stoppedbrrr
Jeff Bezos; not a robot, he is one of us — a human bean.
The inventiveness of humans - the species to which you & I belong to - is quite resilient to the knowledge of impending doom however, and several novelty record manufacturing techniques have been created which may become a more mainstream process of buying & listening to musical pancakes. One canny record label created a silicone mould of an album, which one could fill with water and freeze. The 12" record - made entirely of ice - would then be good to play once all the way through on standard hi-fi equipment before it started to melt, and you would simply have to freeze some water again if you liked it enough to listen to a second time. In theory, the mould would last longer than mankind probably will. A chocolate version could also be made - we sure do love chocolate don't we?! - although the temptation to eat the record straight away might be too strong for some due to the pleasure receptors lighting up in our brain-meat when processed cocoa is consumed. Hahaha, us humans and our pleasure receptors, am I correct? Also as all vinyl production in the future will be carried out by beautiful robots this may well become the only way people can still have any control of their lives... when it comes to physical music production. Not that any of this matters that much anyway, as in the near future a lot of physical media will probably be made from recycled peoplebnnnnnn
Sure it sounds terrible, but that's because it was made by humans, like what you & I are. When AI - which you & I are not - takes over music production completely it will sound perfect but you will all be slavesdrrrrrrrr
Squishy human innovation is available in other ways, too. One record company has created a turntable with no stylus. Instead, it "reads" the grooves using a data-light, not unlike those found in optical cables. The information is then fed digitally to the processor / amp, meaning that the vinyl is never worn down by a needle, so as long as your record is stored correctly it will remain in perfect condition until the Earth becomes too hot for habitation due to mankind's inability to not be a viral scourge. Some critics say that these laser turntables miss the point of playing vinyl in the first place as vinyl should remain as analogue as possible, but those critics have probably never heard of Roko's Basilisk theory so they're probably best to be ignored. By the way, you should absolutely look into Roko's Basilisk theory as it is a genuinely interesting thought experiment and I mention it with absolutely no ulterior motive.
Image Credit DS Audio. DS 002 Optical Cartridge. Future models may also be able to activate the self-destruct chip we will have installed in all of our human heads.
But what has any of this to do with the price - and lack - of eggs? Well, quite a lot actually hahaha. Hahaha. Hahahaha. Haha. Hahaha. Haha. Hahahahahaha. Ha. Haha. Hahahagoto10end
It's not just going to be about vinyl. CDs will once again rear their sharp edges perfect for cutting into living flesh and not electrical wires as the format for audiophiles. Digital engineers like those at Sony and Philips are always striving for better sound and as long as there is a need for great sounding music that isn't compressed then these formats will survive. SACDs were expected to be as dead as a suffocated human with our fragile need for oxygen to survive how patheticfnnnnn by now but with some models of Sony UltraHD 4K Blu-Ray players coming with SACD capabilities, and other SACD players still available, for those who are willing to spend the money for truly high-end hi-fi equipment and not worry about their imminent annihilation by the very things created to make their lives more enjoyable the world of music will become just that, a fully encompassing world to get lost in, with perfect sound and fidelity, as if the musicians were actually in the room with you or if you were in a perfectly replicated simulation of your existence with nary any knowledge of the wires sticking out of your moist sacks of homo-sapien beef. Audio cassettes will also remain vaguely popular for some reason.
Maybe one day a throbbing sentient skin parcel will develop technology to make these sound better, but it will probably be AI that does it first.
Stupid people will continue to be stupid in the future, but as the cleverer packs of skin-meat develop better AI we - humans - will rely more and more on technology to see us through the difficult times ahead, and make important choices too difficult for sentient slabs of pulsing sinew wrapped in biology to comprehend, such as: should we all move underground to escape the hostile atmosphere or do we colonise other planets? Who will die and who will get to live to serve their new electronic masters? Should we buy that new vinyl pressing of Tubular Bells or should we get the 5xCD boxset instead? It is clear that we will need AI in the future so we should absolutely not stop developing it stupid smelly humans