Sound Technology: Embrace the Past and Expand The Future
Technology is constantly making our lives easier, faster, and at times, more impersonal. That’s probably why, for many of us, we are looking for ways to expand our scope of sound technology.
Here’s a case in point.
As the technology evolved, so did the tools we use. In the 1930s and ’40s, the crystal radio was commonly used to listen to radio broadcasts. If you have a knack for building, you can put a small radio like this together today.
Fast forward through a variety of technology including a retro turntable, the transistor radio, and the Walkman.
If you are familiar with these, you’ll know there were distinct pleasures of each.
Fortunately, these joys are still possible. If you have a hankering for turning back the clock, you are in good company. Even in the era of digital broadcasting and digital audio, many people love the brilliant sounds and personal rewards of using a turntable.
Let’s explore some of the joys of listening to vinyl records.
Evoke A Good Feeling
Much of the research about the healing properties of music comes from studies with Alzheimer’s patients. It turns out that listening to music or singing songs provides benefits for people with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.
Musical memory is stored in the brain, and key areas are relatively undamaged by the disease. This explains why music is so useful to relieve stress, reduce agitation, and reduce anxiety and depression.
Studies show that music also calms caregivers, families, and associates. In other words, music is healing – and you can start enjoying that benefit right now.
Set The Mood
Every person has a different type of music that they find appealing. Some find jazz soothing. Others prefer classical music. Others prefer pop or rock music. You can choose the music you like for a specific mood.
If you’re looking to calm down after a stressful day, pick something soothing. If you’re ready to pump up your mood, pick something that gets you out of the chair and dancing.
Pick Your Favorite Tunes
There’s something very distinctive about putting on a record and listening to your favorite tunes. A record offers exceptional sound quality. When you pick a record and select your special song or cut, it’s very personal.
In light of the many things that can seem out of our influence, picking a favorite tune is still well within reach. Why not start today?
Come Home To Ease
Unlike modern technology, a record player is the ultimate in ease. It’s easy to understand. It’s easy to use. It’s easy to enjoy – with yourself or with others.
In many ways, this kind of ease feels like coming home. You don’t have to struggle with lights, bells, and buttons. You can simply grab your favorite record and start listening.
This is a way to channel your energy into what matters most.
Share The Joy
Many people in our lives love music. Your parents, grandparents, relatives, children, friends, and neighbors all have specific musical preferences.
While we’ve been experiencing social distancing and isolation, it’s possible to find new ways to build connections. If you need to, you can do this virtually. If you can, you can meet in person.
However, you choose to gather, sharing music offers welcome relief. It involves people in a way that transcends boundaries. Listening to music reduces anxiety and lightens the mood – in almost every group.
Give The Gift
You may want to look for ways to give the gift of music. This could be giving records, providing a turntable, or creating a playlist of favorite tunes. It could be hosting a music night for friends and family. It could be making a songbook so everyone can sing along.
Many people find that music builds bridges. It helps strengthen memory, storytelling, bonding, and moving. If you’re looking for ways to connect with your loved ones, share the joy of music.
Expand Your Music Zone
If you’re looking to expand your zone of music, consider these practical tips.
- Ask friends and family for their favorite songs and music
- Create playlists to share with your loved ones
- Find tunes and music for different moods
- Pick a selection that gets everyone off the couch and dancing
- Encourage children to get familiar with playing records
- Ask partners for their favorite sing-along songs
- Host a party for singing and sharing music
Now, let’s get to it. Are there some vinyl records on the future music horizon?