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For a design anthropologist, records are both an expression of sound and visual. As objects, they are beautiful to hold and to listen and discover music. I’ve been fascinated with how records have been gaining back in popularity (I even went to a record factory in New Jersey to find out how a modern vinyl printer works). In New York, the record craze pinnacles in March, when thousands of music geeks and lovers congregate at MoMA P.S.1 in Long Island City for Come Together, a day-long festival of record culture.

Inside the pop-up dome, a cozy series of lectures about music publishing plus live performances

Signage at P.S.1 to help visitors navigate the many floors of the space

Vinyl players around the space would allow the visitors to preview some of the titles they are curious about

The festival culminated in a massive market of some 75 independent record labels showing their latest releases

A special set curated by record store Other Music and MoMA PS1 to celebrate the festival. Released in collaboration with The Vinyl Factory, 300 copies were pressed in their West London plant.

For a breath of fresh air, visitors could stop by at James Turrell’s installation located on the 3rd floor of P.S.1 — a room with no ceiling and with the clear sky for gazing

Directory of Record Labels

  1. Young Turks @yougturks
  2. Wharf Cat Records  @wharfcatrecords
  3. Third man records  @thirdmanrecords
  4. The Kitchen
  5. Technicolour Records
  6. Superior Viaduct
  7. Smithsonian Folkways   @smithsonianfolkways
  8. Rough Trade  @RoughTradeNYC
  9. Paxico Records  @paxicorecords
  10. Strut Records
  11. Sub Pop Records  @subpop
  12. Sacred Bones Records  @sacredbones
  13. RVNG Intl.
  14. Partisan Records @partisanrecords
  15. Palto Flats
  16. PTP Music
  17. Omnian Music Group
  18. Not just a boys club  @notjustaboysclub
  19. Northern Spy Records  @northernspyrecs
  20. Nonesuch Records
  21. Ninja Tune
  22. New World Records
  23. New Amsterdam Records
  24. Never Normal Worldwide  @nevernormalrecords
  25. Mode Records
  26. Mexican Summer
  27. Mississippi Records
  28. Matador Records
  29. LUAKA BOP  @luakabop
  30. Kanine Records  @kaninerecords
  31. KFR records
  32. Jass Records
  33. Human Head Records   @humanheadnyc
  35. Gold Bolus Recordings
  36. Glassnote Records
  37. Ghostly International  @ghostly
  38. Empty Editions  @emptygallery_hk
  39. Don Giovanni Records  @dongiovannirecords
  40. Dischord Records
  41. Daptone Records  @daptonerecords
  42. Discwoman  @discwomannyc
  43. DFA Records
  44. Counter Records  @counterrecords
  45. captured-tracks  @capturedtracks
  46. Cantaloupe Music  @cantaloupeny
  47. Bunny Jr
  48. Brassland  @brassland
  49. Brainfeeder   @flyinglotus
  50. Blankstairs
  51. Big Dada
  52. Big Crown Records  @bigcrownrecords
  53. Bar/None Records  @barnonerecords
  54. Astro Nautico
  55. Akashik Records & Tapes  @akashikrecords
  56. 4AD @4ad
  57. K7

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Designer & photographer based in New York City