Dust to Digital: Longing for the Past

The good folks over at Dust to Digital have a new release, Longing for the Past: The 78rpm Era in Southeast Asia that looks phenomenal. The ‘curator’ of the collection is David Murray–not the jazz player but the man behind the Haji Maji blog.

Dust to Digital has released some amazing stuff and it demonstrates a type of business model that could only exist in the Internet age. As the name implies, their raison d’être is to recover, preserve, and redistribute old vinyl from across the world. Their CDs and box sets are not only lavishly produced but curated by collectors who straddle the line between scholarly specialist and obsessive pack-rat. With an obviously limited market–this practically redefines niche interest–they operate as a boutique record label. Without the funding or support of a major university or quasi-government institute (à la, the Smithsonian), this boutique website business model might be the only way to accomplish their given project…which to my mind at least, is immensely valuable.

Check ’em out and support the ongoing goodness!


NB: Similar projects, also awesome, are Excavated Shellac and, of course, Sublime Frequencies.


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