Tuesday, December 29

Cassette culture

Wikipedia - "Cassette culture, or the cassette underground, refers to the practices surrounding amateur production and distribution of recorded music that emerged in the late 1970s via home-made audio cassettes. It is characterized by the adoption of home recording by independent artists, and involvement in ad-hoc self-distribution and promotion networks - primarily conducted through mail (though there were a few retail outlets, such as Rough Trade and Falling A in the UK) and fanzines. The culture was in part an offshoot of the mail art movement of the 1970s and 1980s, and participants engaged in tape trading in addition to traditional sales. The culture is related to the DIY ethic of punk, and encouraged musical eclecticism and diversity. Several factors led to the rise of cassette culture. ..."
Pitchfork: This Is Not a Mixtape
Cassette Culture with Stretch Armstrong
Reconsidering the Revival of Cassette Tape Culture
Tales of the Tape: Cassette Culture in the Digital Age
Cassette Culture by Richie Unterberger
Still Rolling: A Revival of Cassette Culture

2010 March: The idea of the cassette: A gallery with musings, 2015 August: Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture - Thurston Moore (2005), 2015 September: OP Magazine / Tape Op