Who Am I?
Hi! I'm James M Stevulak, and I am assuming that if you are reading this you are looking to find out a little more about me.. Well, this is a subject I happen to know a lot about; so allow me to expand upon it. I am a senior at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I work part time as a computer technician and part time at a local independent record store. I feel this gives me a unique insight into the modern face of record collecting. I own over 500 vinyl records, of all different genres; from funk, jazz, rock, new wave, electronic, comedy, pop, and so on.
I have been collecting for a few years now, and all in all I have been pretty lucky to get some great records in that time. I won't give luck all the credit however, I have watched items on ebay, visited the local goodwill daily, and spent more time an money than I care to admit on this fascinating hobby. Throughout this experience I have learned a lot about record collecting, such ass proper storage techniques, cleaning and prolonging the life of older records and repairing split seems on record sleeves. I have done just about all of it in my quest for the perfect beat.
This is a picture of my record shelf..
Recently I have begun creating crafts from records that have exceeded their usefulness as media artifacts and become unplayable. I started by making a few clocks, then moved on to making my own coasters from the center labels.. I even built my own record shelf to store my collection.
I was once a cd/mp3 junkie, but upon discovering the unique feel and flavor or vinyl grooves I converted to a full fledged vinyl fan, so much so that I really only use my cd's while driving and my mp3 files on my ipod while walking around campus.. Both formats have a portability that can not be matched by vinyl records. But on the b-side, vinyl have a fullness of sound and character than can not be duplicated in a digital format. From the oversize artwork and inserts to the lyrics and feel of a new record in my hands, vinyl is an experience. At the end of a long day of class and work, nothing helps me relax like coming home and picking an album off the shelf.
Vinyl enthusiasts also love the distinct feel that each side of the record can give you. Instead of one group of songs, a vinyl record has two beginnings, side a & side b. When I have to reach over and flip the record, I feel as though I am an active part of the listening record. I even enjoy the random skip now and then, as it reminds me of the early foundations of loop based music. I have to admit, I am a little biased. I think that to spite the pops and cracks, music just plain sounds better on vinyl. I welcome you to disagree with me, but I challenge you to give a more convincing argument.
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