Jack White Says Digital Formats Aren't Fail-Safe
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 09.26.2013
In regard to preserving music...
Jack White has criticized digital recording as a way of preserving music. The rocker and Third Man Records executive spoke with the Atlantic and noted that the format is not a fail-safe process compared to analogue recording.
White, who has donated $200,000 to the National Recording Preservation Foundation, told the site, "A lot of the digital formats in the last 20 years have proven to be anything but fail-safe. The tapes break or the information can't be retrieved."
He added, "There are stories of early phonograph companies taking apart the masters used to press wax discs so they could be sold as roofing shingles. They didn't think a recording was a document of anything cultural. It was just a way to sell phonographs."
Meanwhile he expressed admiration for sheet music, noting, "My mother was telling me in the '30s when she was a little girl you could go to the department store downtown and there was a sheet music section. You could pick out a piece of sheet music and the lady running the section would play it for you on a piano.