Vinyl: Locked Groove

Par soulchap soulchap
mise à jour about 1 month ago

All vinyl records (at least as far as I know) end in a locked groove - this is done to protect the stylus from drifting onto the label, etc. A locked groove simply never advances; the groove changes from the spiral it was on the way in to a closed circle. Many of us have experienced the heartbreak of a home-made locked groove, a.k.a. a "broken record," that repeats a phrase ad infinitum until one gets off the couch and picks up the tone arm and manually advances the needle.

Along the way, someone figured out that the "runout groove" was arable land waiting to be seized.

Why, then, would anyone do this on purpose? One finds albums of locked grooves in the Library Music world; discs of sound effects were manufactured for the purpose of providing the sound of a continually dripping faucet, say, for a radio drama, etc. DJs building dance tracks live, on the fly, in clubs or while recording, found that infinitely looping snippets were useful and worth stockpiling. There are examples of "blank" locked grooves used within albums to separate tracks solely for the purpose of forcing the listener to advance the tone arm. Others were more playful.

I think that the recorded locked groove came, at some point, to represent the medium itself, a synechdoche for the phenomenon of vinyl recordings; one need only hear the reference to this experience on the Monty Python track which ends with the loop, "Sorry Squire, I scratched the record. Sorry Squire, I scratched the record. Sorry Squire, I scratched the record..."

I would like to break this list into (at least) two lists, one for workaday locked grooves, such as dj breaks and sound effects, and another for "easter egg" locked grooves, i.e., those meant to be found by chance, and those meant to extend the lead-in track into infinity. Someday.

See also these lists:
Infinity by hardwax-berlin
Locked Grooves by borge_jensen
Locked Groove by esfreeman

And these:
Continuo blog post
Wikipedia article

My list of various treatments of vinyl:
Vinyl Variations

Please contribute your finds (message me.) Thanks.

Special thanks to all contributors, including:
viandy
benopie
CykoMF
Farjenk
elchicofritto
elliwj
ForkMe
FromLondon
hevnbsideu
Luis_Cebola
MediaMonarchy
mohammedpuss
Willow.the.Wisp
Mr.Slut
mendali
soult

  1. The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

    73 En Vente à partir de 9,08 $US

    One of the best-known (and possibly the first) examples of this technique was The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967). Many UK copies featured a multi-layered collage of randomized chatter in their run-off loops. However, two variations were made: the original British pressing (black label with gold logo) has the "inner groove" play through the entire locked groove and does not include the laughter at the beginning of the piece. The re-issue of the British pressing (black label with silver logo) starts playing the "inner groove" long before the needle reaches the locked groove, includes the laughter and, once the needle hits the locked groove, the listener only hears the last two seconds of the piece played over and over again."
    Wikipedia page

    http://ultimateclassicrock.com/beatles-complete-sgt-pepper-runoff-groove/

  2. Alva Noto - Transrapid

    4 En Vente à partir de 23,53 $US

    Both sides end with a locked groove.

  3. Various - BPitch Control Volume 003

    20 En Vente à partir de 2,35 $US

    "Springshock" (B1) ends up in an untitled locked groove.
    A second and a third untitled locked groove are located between "Springshock" and "Stalker" (B4) on the B-side.

  4. Kindness (2) - Cyan

    14 En Vente à partir de 3,90 $US

    3 locked grooves on B-side.

  5. Various - Tape Projects (Locked Groove)

    2 En Vente à partir de 9,79 $US

    62 x 10 second tracks all end with a locked groove.

  6. Genesis P-Orridge - Painful 7 Inches

    13 En Vente à partir de 17,65 $US

    23 locked grooves on B-side.

  7. Ricci Rucker - The Utility Phonograph Record 2

    2 En Vente à partir de 49,41 $US

    Last track on both sides are locked grooves.

  8. Ricci Rucker - The Utility Phonograph Record 1

    5 En Vente à partir de 20,00 $US

    Last track on Side B is locked groove.

  9. Jana Winderen - Surface Runoff

    A side @ 45 RPM, ends in a locked groove.

  10. John Dark / Stupid Girl - Stupid Girl 2

    9 En Vente à partir de 4,69 $US

    Side B ends in a locked groove.

  11. Pansy Division With Jello Biafra - Average Men

    3 En Vente à partir de 7,65 $US

    Side B is a non-album track which ends in a locked groove.

  12. Peverelist - Clunk Click Every Trip / Gather

    7 En Vente à partir de 5,84 $US

    A-Side ends in a locked groove.

  13. Melvins - Foaming

    7 En Vente à partir de 15,29 $US

    "White Punks On Dope" (B2) is not listed on the sleeve. The track ends in a locked groove.

  14. Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip - Thou Shalt Always Kill

    3 En Vente à partir de 25,96 $US

    Side A has a locked groove.

  15. Nathan Fake - The Sky Was Pink

    1 En Vente à partir de 35,28 $US

    B2 ends in a locked groove.

  16. Monolake - Linear Atomium Reminiscence

    10 En Vente à partir de 5,99 $US

    Reminiscence (Side B) ends in a locked groove.

  17. Boards Of Canada - Geogaddi

    3 En Vente à partir de 12,68 $US

    A2 includes a locked groove.

  18. Monolake - Polaroid

    20 En Vente à partir de 2,35 $US

    The b-side finishes in a locked groove.

  19. Beach House - Bloom

    73 En Vente à partir de 15,00 $US

    On the vinyl version, the last titled track 'Irene' (D2) ends in a locked groove before the bonus track.

  20. Trans Am (2) - Trans Am

    Track A6 is a locked groove.

  21. Gene Farrow With The G.F. Band* - Hey You Should Be Dancing

    20 En Vente à partir de 0,65 $US

    Side B ends in a locked groove.

  22. Micachu - Golden Phone

    5 En Vente à partir de 6,49 $US

    Side B ends with a locked groove.

  23. People Like Us / The Fuckest Uppest - Blundersonix / Special Mix

    1 En Vente à partir de 15,52 $US

    Side A contains a locked groove with a few seconds of harsh noise at the end.