The Soundwagon VW Bus Record Player
One of the leading arguments about classifications of instruments has to do with whether or not an instrument needs electrical power to be useful. This argument says that an instrument, whether activated by percussion, reeds, or wind – can be operated by humans without the need of an external electronic source. It seems to be true for many, like pianos, guitars, and drums. Although we have electronic versions and digital representations of each of them, at the very root, they can be played without electricity. This is also one of the leading arguments against turntables being classified as an instrument.
Contemporary musicians have argued that digitally produced music, is not really music at all. I see their side of the argument but naturally I disagree. The vinyl record does, in fact, work without needing electricity – it just isn’t loud enough for most people to hear. What happens when the power runs out, you ask? Well, battery power might be what is needed to get us through. This VW bus record player shows that a vinyl record can be played without the use of a turntable, or even an electrical outlet. All you need is a record and few batteries to get it going.