The s were the hippie era; it was also the beginning of Beatlemania and the mainstream success of rock concerts. Live music had recaptured the hearts of the youth.
Teens suddenly had new places to go for both their music and their social lives. In addition to rock concerts, teens had nightclubs and discotheques that suddenly catered to them and their tastes in music. These new places for socialising and dancing provided either live music or DJs who had a whole new arsenal of technology and methods to get the crowds of club goers pumped and partying. The s saw the audio cassette as the first popular replacement. The audio cassette had been around for a while already, but the portable cassette player came out in the s, and that changed everything.
People could suddenly have a privatised music experience wherever they went. With the rapid rise of alternative audio media and technology during this time period, what place did the jukebox have in society any longer?
While it is true that jukebox sales had dramatically declined since the s, the jukebox was still around and still appreciated in the s. In the mids, the number of jukeboxes on the market was at an all-time low of around , units. That number remained steady all through the s and put a lot of jukebox manufacturers out of business, including the American-based operations of Wurlitzer in and Seeburg in However, thanks to the CD industry and avid jukebox collectors, the number of jukeboxes being sold at the beginning of the 90s was bumped back up a bit.
The number of jukeboxes sold each year has remained around , units ever since. Despite being unable to compete with the newer and better forms of media that took over during the ss, the jukebox industry stayed alive for two reasons: the nostalgic value of the jukebox as an icon of pop culture and the interactive nature of the jukebox in a group setting.
The jukebox was an icon, and that meant future models had to present themselves as an extension of that legacy. In fact, both Wurlitzer and Rock-Ola churned out replicas and tributes to the bygone era of the jukebox in order to capitalise on the nostalgic feelings of adults who had been teens during the s and s.
But the jukebox very much remains an experience of the present as well, due to its unique position in the audio entertainment industry. Like portable music players, the jukebox is intended to be interacted with on a personal level—the customer inserts money in order to pick song selections. However, unlike the portable music players of the s and s, the jukebox is intended to be heard by an entire room full of people, not just the individual who picks the song.
The radio does something similar—it plays popular music in a social setting for everyone to enjoy; however, there is no song-choice interaction at all.
These comparisons make it clear that the jukebox fulfills a specific need in society and culture, and it does so while stimulating multiple human senses simultaneously—sound, sight, and touch. It is not that surprising, therefore, that the jukebox continued to be present in bars, at special events, and in the homes of collectors and enthusiasts at a time in history when the audio entertainment industry seemed to have moved on from the days of the jukebox.
It remained in play against the new competition because of its nostalgic appeal and the human desire to choose songs for others to listen to. In the s, a major change took place in the way people listen to music—the internet and the. MP3 players replaced CD players, digital music libraries online replaced the need for physical collections of music, and smart devices, such as smart phones and tablets, were capable of playing music out loud like miniaturised versions of the jukebox.
Since the beginning of the 21st century, jukebox models have been incorporating the ability to dock MP3 players in order to access their music libraries. Track Listing - Disc 1. Christ Via Wires. Bill Nelson. Orchestra Arcana. Clock Conscious. I Wonder. Eastern Electric. Search and Listen. News from Nowhere. Right, Then Left.
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The surface appears as one complete shiny thing, but the hidden interior is a galaxy of dark stars whirling around each other, waiting for the listener's telescope. I will try to have the link posted by this Wednesday - Thursday latest. Thanks for letting me know I'm the dumb one. Nice post you got here. I have 2 Trial by Intimacy box sets but cant listen to them because I no longer have a turn table.
I noticed some chopping sounds on a few of the downloads.. I had the tape version that I bought years ago but I finally played it till the tape disintergrated.. I will get it as soon as a resonable copy comes along.. I was a huge fan of this music in the vinyl days long since past. Now some is on iTunes which I got from there and all of this is here. Like finding buried treasure. Many many thanks!
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