1980’s: The Analogue Era
In this age of instant everything everywhere, it’s hard to believe that us 80s kids (and earlier) used to go to the local library and borrow records, or, if you didn’t have a record player at home, you could just listen to the vinyl on headphones whilst boring beige people browsed the obscure, back of the library book sections around you.
But if you were a weird little goth-in-the-making, you could find some really ‘cool’ stuff in those recordings archives. For me it was this collection of vinyl which piqued my interest and had me going back again and again to borrow more…
These BBC Sound Effects records contained amazing Dr Who/Blake’s 7 type sounds like:-
Hand Phaser Weapon
But hidden among the recordings I’ve recently found these very nostalgic noises (close your eyes)
Dialling a public payphone
Amusement Arcade with Game Sounds
School Playground 7-11 years
For the oldies #ohnoyoudidn’t!
Steam Train Departs
And for the brave among you:-
My childhood library (pictured below) has been replaced with something (I can barely bring myself to say it) modern! But if you live in Upper Drakesbottom, Little Whinging or some other isolated rural town or undeveloped inner-city slum you may still have a little old public library, lurking behind a civic centre, staying out of sight and avoiding the town planners; and in a forgotten back room or basement there may be boxes of dusty old vinyl just waiting to be discovered!
Go get em!
FREE THE LP!!