iPad app parrots a good old record player (pops and all)

A new app for Apple’s iPad called VinylLove is sort of like virtual reality: sort of realistic, but just fake enough to remind you why you dig real life in the first place. VinylLove is an app that displays your mp3’s “cover art” as something you can “flip” through in a pixelated “crate” (awwwww…), and even super-imposes crackles and pops onto your tracks as you play them to supposedly add depth to your listening experience.  I have thousands of records, and though my threshold for such surface noise is probably higher than your average digitalphile, I don’t think that such noise is what creates the fabled analog warmth.  My most satisfying record listening experiences lack any noticible extraneous noise.  The whole thing smacks of a gimmick, like a New Kids on the Block pillowcase circa 1990.  Besides, I like to flip through great big obsolete records… (not scroll down a screen).

Speaking of gimmicks… isn’t this mug (by Sunart) cute?

from The Boston Globe: “Groove is in the art”

On the screen, a man with a sharp knife taped to his face chops an apple on a moving turntable. It’s an odd and twisted moment. So is another, of the same guy, burying a record player in a shallow grave. The dirt suffocates a syrupy, candy pop song.

“I only use records I hate,’’ said the Japanese artist Taiyo Kimura, explaining the contents on the screen as he stood in [Boston’s] Institute of Contemporary Art earlier this week.

“Haunted by You,’’ his short film, is just one of more than 100 pieces in “The Record: Contemporary ART and VINYL,’’ which opens today at the ICA….. click here for more….