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We’re interested in learning more about the people and processes involved in manufacturing CDs, from their development in the 1980s to their ongoing use today.

How do you get from a simple piece of plastic to a disc full of music that can be played, played with and shared? We hope to reveal the untold stories of UK CD producers, from large-scale pressing plants to bespoke small-run specialists.

From November 2022 to June 2023 we’ll be speaking to the people with hands-on knowledge and uncovering the day-to-day operations that first brought us digital music.

If you’d like to be involved, please email us.

The ‘CD at 40’ research project is funded by a Durham University Research Impact Grant. The Lead Investigator is Dr Eamonn Bell at the Department of Computer Science, Durham University.