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mixtape

To be honest I have always been more of a cassette boy. Firstly it was making mixtapes from older friends album collections, when I was too young to be able to afford to buy anything. Then it was the convenience of the first personal portable music format playable in a Walkman. Then it was simply that between 1983 and 1991 it was the leading format in ‘physical musical sales’, as it is now termed – yuck. Lastly I’d say it was the DIY/punk ethos that you could record/edit/be in charge of your own musical wants [staying up late at night to tape off of radio Luxembourg etc helped with the ‘nortiness’ stakes too]. Seems so long ago.

I guess that is the crux. I am a physical boy. Still, no matter. Perhaps cassette and CD is due for a style makeover just like vinyl has had?

Two comments from the above article hit the spot, “Tapes force a more focused, or even purer, listening experience, … [it] is an antidote to our short attention spans that are constantly decreasing due to the infinite amount of content available online.” and “A tape may get dented and scratched and it’s coloring may fade over time. But like owning a book that suffers spine damage and wrinkled corners with use, the tape becomes an object with its own narrative and history as it becomes love-worn over time.”

Rock on!

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