An album captures an artist or band in a room with a multitude of distinct personalities all pursuing the same goal: making a new piece of art they can be proud of.
In a world where so much is laid out for us is there a more nervous and giddy feeling than playing a new album by an artist you love?
The word album has a more obvious etymology than you may think.
In the early 20th century recorded music was released in a format of 78 Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) Bakelite records containing only a few minutes of music on each side.
The big black discs were sold in a cardboard album and placed in individual sleeves like the pages of, yep, a photo album.
Fast forward to 1948 and record company Colombia combined business smarts, technological innovation and marketing strategies to popularize the Long Playing Microgroove format or LP as we now know it.
This changed everything, allowing a longer and more immersive experience for music fans, 17 minutes each side which fit in 90% of symphonies. Classic.
British author Travis Elborough describes the change eloquently:
“The album was welded in our collective consciousness”.
Developments in the world of vinyl production lead to a warmer, richer sound favoured by audiophiles.
Those in the know will tell you the best quality vinyl weigh 180 grams.
Most albums weigh 120 or 140 grams but 180 grams vinyl is sturdier, more durable and will last longer without warping.
Like the stories in this show.
We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land where we have produced this show.
We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, for they hold the memories and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within the Kulin Nation.
We wish to celebrate the rich history of indigenous storytelling and hope to uphold this as testament to their eternal influence.