In today’s pro-vinyl climate, there are a growing number of niche projects putting the format to good use.
The 78 Project uses a 1930s Presto direct-to-acetate disk recorder to record live performances in one take. The project is inspired by Alan Lomax, an American folk music field collector.
The project website says “the film, music and feelings that result” from their recordings “defy space and time”.
The 78 Project will release their first collection of material on vinyl, Volume 1. It features recordings by Loudon Wainwright III, Rosanne Cash, Dawn Landes, and many more.
78 is also raising funds to put together a full length documentary.