As of this month, the complete works of Johann Sebastian Back will be
available on a single 32 Gig USB stick (aka flash drive, aka thumb
drive) on the Warner Classics label.
"I realized, of course, that it was technically possible." wrote Richard
Morrison of The Times. "But seeing it lying there is still slightly spooky."
The issuance of this is in my view momentous. We have already seen
many large sets go digital. I have several of these large sets, including
the chamber works of Brahms, all the Beethoven piano sonatas, all the
Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky symphonies, as well as every piano concerto
that Mozart ever wrote. From my experience these recordings have been
of good quality, with a surprisingly high percentage of excellent
performances that equal anything that's out there. But to put everything
that Bach ever wrote onto such a small memory footprint is to me amazing.
Frankly, I would have thought Bach's works would have taken up much
more memory. In any case I think this is a blaring announcement that
the digital age is truly here, and is going to remain here.
The cost will not be cheap — $275 USD (E180). But even at that cost the
works of Bach are so voluminous that this would still have to be considered
a 'bang for the buck' deal.
Wanna see something really scary? The 32 Gigs that this set needs can
also be put in a much smaller format than USB. It could also be issued
on a 32 Gig micro-SD card like the one I have in my Iconia tablet —
about one-third the size of an ordinary postage stamp.
A strange new world that has such marvels in it! The life's work of one
talented human being, held in one's hand.
Quite amazing. Remember black-and-white television and rabbit ears? AM Radio? Party-line telephone service? Eight-track tapes? Vinyl albums? (I still have the first vinyl I bought. And the last.)The world's a different place.:heart:
Truly. 😀 Don't know if I'm really any different really. I think now that it's just that age has brought more of a sense of history, time, eternity. :heart:
It feels sad, isn't it? His whole creative life, hours and days (and probably months) of composing, piles of paper, now placed in a piece of plastic smaller than postage stamp :left:
on the technical side, yes, it's amazing … a 32 GB micro-SD with of all that Bach ever wrote, for a reasonable prize (having in mind the boxed CD-Set is half the prize at the moment here).I also have a lot of boxed sets of and a lot of other CD's mostly complete by different artists (sums up to something about 3'000 or 4'000, I'mnot sure) and it takes a lot of space (that I don't have). it would be cool having this on a single HD or something like that (maybe a 250 Gig pocket sized one would do).on the other side,I tend to agree with Darko, it feels kind of sad having everything condensed on small pieces (next step would be so called cloud storage only?) that you easily could carry around with you … the more I use portable, everywhere available media and being online nearly 24 hours a day … the more I come to think about if this really necessary for me.yes, it is a strange world, I'm still not sure whether to like it or not.
Originally posted by dirkdecker:
Whoa! Amazing. Would probably take me and entire day just to go through and look at them all! :up:For me too besides the fact that I can use digital on my tablet without having to convert the CD, the digital download is usually cheaper — around $8.00 US cheaper.
Originally posted by gdare:
Yes I think that is what gets me too. 😦
Originally posted by edwardpiercy:
😀 I will tell you how long it takes when I've sorted them up again :whistle: