Each month, International Record Review publishes a list of classical new releases.
This month, the list contains 778 discs of new or reissued music.
778 discs in standard jewel cases would make a stack 26’6″ high.
My pile of CDs kept falling over around the 300 mark, so let’s pretend every 25th record is usually bright red and I didn’t use photoshop to make this picture:
Displayed facing outward in a shop, 778 CDs would need 362’5″ of shelf space. That’s slightly longer than a standard American football field.
If there were 74 minutes of music on each disc, it would take 39 days 23 hours and 35 minutes to listen to them all. That’s slightly longer than a standard British cricket game.
There are 31 days in October. You couldn’t keep up.
I’m not saying that there are too many new releases, but here are some questions to consider and, if you feel like it, try to answer in the comments:
1) If there were such a thing as “too many new releases,” how many would that be?
2) If the classical record business is in trouble, how do so many records get made?
3) Is it possible for this many albums to be really good?
4) Can this level of activity be sustained?
5) Why isn’t Gramophone magazine thicker?
6) Does anybody want to buy my CD collection?
7) Is there a world record for the highest stack of CDs, and will the Guinness folks accept a picture as proof?
8) Who are we expecting to buy all this music?
9) Isn’t this just evidence that putting out albums has become really easy?
10) Can anybody think of a source for historical new release counts so I can chart the number of releases over time?