February 1, 2012 Posted by cityfm89admin in Latest News
CASSETTE: A Documentary Film about the Cassette Tape.

Quite recently an image of an audio cassette and a pencil were doing the rounds on the internet with the title "Our kids will never be able to understand the connection between a pencil and a cassette." Most oldies from the 80s and 90s went wild sharing, liking, tweeting, commenting, feeling joyous at having had the experience of bringing the two together in order to restore harmony and music in their cassette players. Anyone remember the sound of a "tape jam"? I do. Do you remember making a mix tape for someone you had a crush on? Or the feeling of receiving one?

The whole feeling can be summed up in the wise words of Nick Hornby or John Cusack (if you haven't read the book) from the book/movie High Fidelity: "The making of a good compilation tape is a very subtle art. Many do's and don'ts. First of all, you 're using someone else's poetry to express how you feel. This is a delicate thing.

The making of a great compilation tape, like breaking up is hard to do. It takes ages longer than it might seem. You gotta kick it off with a killer to grab attention. Then you gotta take it up a notch. But you don't want to blow your wad. So then you gotta cool it off a notch. There are a lot of rules. Anyway, I've started to make a tape, in my head, for Laura. Full of stuff she'd like. Full of stuff that'd make her happy. For the first time I can sorta see how that's done."

So yea...basically tapes are awesome and they need to make a comeback. Which is where the point of this post comes in. Two amazing filmmakers/photographers Zach Taylor and Seth Smoot have decided to make a documentary film about the comeback of the cassette!

In their words:

"A few months ago, the term cassette tape was taken out of the Oxford English Dictionary.
It may seem ironic, then, that the cassette has experienced a quiet comeback over the last few years, as independent labels issuing tape-only releases have begun popping up around the world.
What better excuse to take a look back at this beloved musical format?
As recorded sound continues its love affair with the downloadable, ethereal digital file, the tangible artefact is quickly becoming a thing of the past.

Help us celebrate the A Side, the B Side, the mixtape, and the whole of cassette culture by supporting Cassette: A Documentary. We'll look at all parts of popular culture influenced by the cassette, including hip-hop and B-Boy culture, indie rock, home recording, and beyond."

The guys started a cool project on Kickstarter where they asked people to support this film and help them collect funding. Three days ago the duo reached their required limit thanks to a lot of generous folks out there! They have already conducted a number of interviews in the UK, and will now be able to speak to manufacturers, musicians, and historians around the world. Along the way, they plan to stop in Zimbabwe to cover the recent boom in cassette culture there.

We can't think of anything cooler and look forward to watching this documentary once it's done. For now here's a little preview of whats to come:

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