Solarpunk, but mildly dystopian: in the future, all recorded music is second-hand vinyl records played on antique, hand-cranked phonographs. No new records are produced, so recorded music is "carbon neutral," but the old records are starting to wear out and a lot of old music is disappearing as a result. The old classics are kept alive through live performances, as always, but archivists are worried that much of humanity's musical history is being lost.

#writingprompt #solarpunk

Yes, I know that prompt is kind of absurd. CDs, audio tapes and even digital archives would still exist, even if no one but archivists used/kept them. But that ruins the A E S T H E T I C

Sheet music still fits, I guess, but how do you put the songs from, say, Paul's Boutique, onto sheet music?

@ink_slinger Beck's 2012 "Songreader" was an experiment that sort of examines what it means to "release music" in the 21st century; it's a portfolio of new, original songs but originally published only as sheet music, challenging people to bring it to life on their own, the way everyone casually consumed music prior to recording/playback technology.

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@ItsTheManOnTheMoon @ink_slinger That reminds me of this bit I heard about a Bach piece that Yo-Yo Ma has been playing since he was 4 years old and how he has constantly reinterpreted it throughout his life. npr.org/2018/08/17/639571356/y

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