Said the gramophone
The compact disc. It doesn’t wear out, even if you use it. Terrifying. It’s as though you’d never used it. So it’s as though you didn’t exist. If things don’t get old any more, then that’s because it’s you who are dead.
When it reaches perfection, music technology becomes a dark room, musical delight becomes posthumous delight.
In time, they will no doubt reintroduce acoustic interference and viruses, to provide an illusion of life and wear.
Jean Baudrillard, from Cool Memories II (1987-1990)