Someone has built a working turntable from Lego! “Amazing”. Everyone is raving about it. Why? Because the kids’ toy has been used to make the ultimate audio source. Some unenlightened people might see it as a rather primitive system: a platter being turned by a motor and a pivoted rod with a needle at the end of it, that could have been built out of Lego at any time during the last 50 years. But there’s much more to it than that… erm…
In 1974 it would have been seen for what it is: a platter being turned by a motor, with a pivoted rod and a needle at the end of it.
In 2014, it’s “Oh.My.God. You’ve used LEGO to… to build a TURNTABLE..? AMAZING!”
I think that what has happened is that a new generation has come along that takes digital miracles for granted. For them, a large, shiny physical thing that rotates is more miraculous than all the world’s music being available for free on a pocket-sized gadget. They cannot conceive of how it works. In parallel, a bunch of older nostalgists has convinced itself that digital audio can be dismissed as misguided electrickery, and having made that decision has worked itself up into a lather of religious fervour over the simple, elementary, primitive turntable. From that leaping-off point, the turntable can only be cleverer and more sophisticated than Sony and Philips combined.
For all of them, therefore, to make a working turntable from a toy is utterly, insanely crazily brilliant.