Conclusions of the Oral History Project

The purpose of this essay is to examine the change from the vinyl to the CD. What impact did this change had on the music industry in Spain? Is it possible the comeback of the vinyl? This essay will try to answer those questions. Firstly, I am going to write about the history and the concepts of the vinyl and the CD. Secondly, about our narrator, David Kano.

The vinyl is a sound playback format based on mechanical analog recording, mainly done with plastic or aluminum. Until the late 20th century the vinyl was the main medium used for playing music but in the late 1980s the CD remove the vinyl and won a big part of the market.  Leon Scott in 1857 invented the phonoautograph and Thomas Edison in 1877 invented the phonograph, they are considered the main precursors of the vinyl. The CD which means Compact Disk has a unique format that can stock data in digital form; the CD was mainly developed by the companies Philips and Sony because of its juicy profits. 

Regarding our narrator, we were really lucky to have David Kano helping us on our Oral History project as the narrator. I can’t think of a better narrator for this topic. David Kano has been in the music industry since 1980 more or less. He is a deejay, a producer and he also plays in a live band and also he owns his own record label “Subterfuge Records”. We were invited to his studio in order to do the interview. His schedules were very tight so it was hard to find time to do the interview. It was a huge honor to interview someone with so much knowledge about this.  

More over the interview, it was a very enriching experience because David Kano answer all my question on a very professional way and he was really concerned that everything was fine. He shared all his knowledge really openly. I want to highlight some interesting topics that we talk about, which was his first vinyl? Which was his first CD? Is it possible the comeback of the vinyl? Any interesting anecdotes with the vinyl? What impact did the CD when it arrived in Spain?

Before ending this essay I want to share our final conclusion. Most of the people in the industry of music in Spain were in favor of the CD when this arrived because it reduced the background noise of the vinyl. But with the past of time people saw that the CD is a format that with the years it’s easy to get corrupt. Also the comeback of the vinyl is already happening; the vinyl sales have skyrocketed these last two years. The two main countries that export vinyls are Czechoslovakia and Russia. Also David Kano claimed that the CD changed the rules of the game, the work process of the Deejays has increase and more than two hundred billion CD are sold all over the world. 





Despite that we are happy with the final result of our oral history project we think that we could have done some things better.

  • Showing our final results on the presentation in the class.
  • Find a second narrator.
  • Prepare more the interview.
  • Record on video the interview.
  • Learn more on editing blogs.


Here we leave some research questions that we have done in order to make our project:

  • We wonder how did the change from vinyl to CD affected the way of working on the radios in Spain?
  • We want to know how the people reacted to this change.
  • Was this change gradually or it change to one day to other?
  • We want to know if the change leads a big spending of money to the consumers in this time.
  • Was this change done because of economic interest?
  • How could the CD success against the vinyl when the vinyl it is said by experts that sounds better?





According to Pedro Luis Cenzano Diez (2013) “The vinyl record is a sound playback format based on mechanical analog recording. The discs could also be plastic, aluminum or other materials.”


Late last century, in 1887, a recording method called Gramophone is created.

This system allowed the recording of sounds from slots that were read by a needle. One of the first musicians who recorded with this system was the Italian Enrico Caruso.

In 1900, telegraph was established that recorded sound in a metal wire that moved between the poles.

In 1948, the vinyl record appears with a long form and had higher quality and nature of sound. (Florencia Mabel Elizarraga Secco, 8 de Julio de 2015).


By 1985, the vinyl record was displaced by the CD. All discographies began to edit everything on CD and vinyl aside, but still some companies continue editing in vinyl disk jockeys. (Ecured, n.d.).




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Hi everyone, this is our first comment on the blog, we hope you like it, if you want to add any comments or suggestions you are all welcome!

The topic we have selected for our oral history project is the change from the vinyl to the CD.

We have chosen this project because we thought this topic is very important and people of nowadays don’t really appreciate the change.

The Narrator we are going to interview is Dani Soliva who is the owner and the manager of the local Radio “Loca FM” he has been around the music industry for the past 25 years.

We hope you enjoy it and you find it entertaining and interesting!!!