Berlin, New Jersey
Part studio, part museum, part venue, and all about sound, The Vault opened in 2015 and is now the official archive of the Victor Talking Machine Company, one of the labels that was integral to launching the recorded music industry a century ago. As a venue, it offers a steady stream of live performances on weekends, including appearances by its founder, 28-year-old singer-songwriter Graham Alexander.
Music geeks, take note, there are more than 10,000 original acetates, masters, and shellacs from the early day of recorded sound stored here. The collection runs deep – from opera tenor Enrico Caruso to the Brit rockers of Coldplay – and plans call for getting some of that music to new ears, potentially through a streaming service. They’re also releasing new music on the Victrola label, the first records to carry the name for decades.