MY MEMORIES WITH GRAMOPHONE

They say Vinyl is back.

With that news, my memory goes back to the golden era of listening to music through gramophone technology.

The 12-inch circular disc on the turntable with its soft feel of grooves was music in motion. Gently placing the needle on the black disc, the sound of music emanated.

My listening pleasure was mostly with the popular film songs being played thru the vinyl record and full blast from the neighbourhood’s loudspeakers on special occasions.

Connected through long wires, loudspeakers placed on rooftops, and music spread was all around. I remember, out of curiosity, I once peeped through the HMV loudspeaker to find out who was there creating His Master’s voice.

The spin of the record and the occasional stalling of the needle producing drag-on sound was part of yesteryears’ listening pleasure.

The circular grooves were the stored melodious voices of Lata and Rafi, Mukesh, Talat Mahmood, Asha Bhonsle, Geeta Dutt and Shamshad Begum. Going further deep in the past, we enjoyed listening to Sehgal, Master Madan, Suraya, Noor Jahan, Begum Akhtar, Malika Pukhraj and many more.

Once in, I get an opportunity to listen to Vinyl’s music and enjoy the oldies. The audio experience is different with Vinyl, but it creates its charm.

Perhaps for that nostalgic reason, according to Neil Young, “Steve Jobs was a pioneer of digital music. His legacy is tremendous. But when he went home, he listened to Vinyl.”

-Promod Puri

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