The Chemistry of Vinyl

Although now supplanted in the popular consciousness by compact discs, vinyl still has aficionados in people who are willing to sacrifice sterilized sound quality for character.

It is also preferred by the strange nocturnal species known as the Disc Jockey, who continue to use the 12" as their chosen weapon. This site explores the chemistry behind the wondrous musical medium known only as vinyl (amongst other things).

Daniel Cressey


1. Record chemistry
         Modern records
         Polyvinyl chloride
         Other Record Constituents
         Past record materials
2. A brief history of vinyl
3. How a record player works
         Industrial diamonds
4. Make your own vinyl
5. Links
6. Credits

Front Chemistry History How it works Make your own Links copyright Daniel Cressey 2001