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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Undead Format: Dissecting The Cassette Revival

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Such is the beauty of tapes: they're either awesome or they suck in a kind of awesome way. Consider the packaging. A utilitarian cassette with little or no text on the tape itself and a Kinkos-made sleeve feels cryptic. Fold-out inserts are made even more elaborate by the limitation of space. Those between these extremes, the professionally made single page sleeve tapes, come off as resourceful.

By no means am I attempting to convince anybody to trade out an iPod for a Walkman. But next time you visit your parents, try to dig up that old CD/tape player you used to use to record songs off the radio. Next time you see a band selling tapes at the merch booth, make an investment. Next time you visit your local Goodwill location, peruse that section of forgotten cassettes. You may find something you've never heard before and would not hear otherwise. Or you might find something you've listened to a thousand times, and due to the medium's flaws and charms, you may hear it like you've never heard it before.

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