Saturday, September 13, 2008

Crate Diggin - Don't Do It

Crate digging is a term used by DJ's and collectors to refer to the act of checking record stores, flea markets or thrift shops for second hand music on vinyl. It's extremely boring.

These people will try to find the most obscure or rare records, to either put it in their collection, play in their disc jockey set, or to reuse pieces of these records for their own sound collages or 'beats'.

It's all about the obscurity. The more obscure a record, the less people who will recognize it, and so, less chance you'll get sued when you steal a nice portion of this record for your own little song. Even when you're not looking for rarities for the last reason, you'll be keen on finding rare vinyl to extract admiration from fellow crate diggers. Even when you're not keen on getting admiration from fellow crate diggers, you'll be keen on receiving some self-indulgent kick from finding a record somebody else probably hasn't found before. It's pathetic.

The stupid thing is, they're not making any new old records. So these old records are bound to run out.

I wouldn't want anybody finding a particular old record I wanted to find... erh... Did I mention crate digging is very unhealthy?

Actually, I can think of reasons why you shouldn't go crate digging. Crate digging, don't do it.

For more illustrations, check out Stefan Glerum's blog.

No comments:

Post a Comment