Fragile Sound
In presenting the arguments for high standards in recording we saw that sound recordings, unlike written records, contain no superfluous matter but that every detail is a source of information. In a book, a spot of fungus on a page will generally not hinder the reader and at worst may reduce the volumes commercial value, but the slightest damage to a sound recording immediately results in a loss of information. Its physical vulnerability dictates the precautions which we need to take if we are to ensure the preservation of acoustic source material.
All the sounds you hear on this website are recorded from damaged sound media like vinyl, shellack, tape and CD. Possible damage to physical sound media can happen through heat, when itʼs too dry, friction from frequent use, mould and humidity, also dust can damage vinyl and schellack when not cleaned properly. Magnets are bad for tapes.