How does vinyl actually work?
The TikToker, named Hamza (@squish.records), posted the video in late March. It’s since drawn almost 2 million views and thousands of dumbfounded commenters.
The clip features several up-close shots of a record player while Hamza explains the process.
“When the needle runs along the grooves of a record, it creates vibrations that are converted into electromagnetic signals,” he says. “This is amplified to create the music that we hear when we play a record.”
Hamza goes on to explain how different records can create the vastly different sounds we hear as they’re played.
“The grooves in a record are extremely precise,” he says. “Every single change or variation in the groove results in a different sound.”
Basically, the needle on a record player “reads” this information and converts it to sound waves, which is what we hear as music.
To show how much this information can vary, Hamza adds that one side of a record can contain over roughly 1,500 feet of grooves.
TikTok has long been a place for vinyl lovers to share their knowledge and passion. In recent years, collectors have used the app to tout their favorite records and rarest finds.
While many TikTokers were grateful for the explanation, some remained in the dark.
“I’m still so confused,” one user wrote.
“Literally who came up with this,” another added.
“No matter how many times I have this explained I’ll still never understand lol,” another wrote.
“I refuse to believe they came up with this before they came up with just Spotify,” said another.