How many physical CDs and pieces of vinyl do you have? How many terabytes of music files are on your computer? However much you have, it’s nothing compared to Zero Freitas.
He’s a Brazilian businessman who is not only on a mission to own every single record ever made but to turn all of them into an archive that can be accessed by anyone who wants to listen. He has a warehouse in Sao Paulo which, at last count, is home to at least six million records.
Why is he doing this? Because he believes that records are like books. They preserve history: music, forms of artistic expression, poetry, fashion and the way people used to think and talk about things.
By preserving every record ever made, Zero hopes to show human history and human development through vinyl.
Brilliant idea—but would you want to file all this stuff?