Reader Eric Pitra lets us know about a new documentary that he is doing the score for, Cassette, that looks at the cassette audio tape.
The documentary looks like it will will be interesting to electronic musicians interested in the history and culture of cassette audio tape. Continue reading
Philips is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Compact Cassette, which the company introduced in Europe on August 30th, 1963 at the Berlin Radio Show.
Although there were other magnetic tape cartridge systems, Philips’ Compact Cassette became dominant as a result of Philips’ decision in the face of pressure from Sony to license the format free of charge.
Philips also released the Norelco Carry-Corder 150 recorder/player in the U.S. in November 1964. By 1966 over 250,000 recorders had been sold in the US alone and Japan soon became the major source of recorders. By 1968, 85 manufacturers had sold over 2.4 million players. Continue reading
The Magnetist is a short documentary about Micke, aka ‘The Magnetist’, whose life revolves around cassette tapes.
The documentary explores the interest – and obsession – that drives his work. Continue reading
This user demo, via darshonaut, looks at how to use a reel to reel tape machine as a tape delay with a modular synthesizer:
I wanted to turn my Reel to Reel Tape Machine (Revox A77 MK III) into a Tape Delay, but since I don’t use a traditional mixing desk with Aux In/Out , I had to come up with a patch for my Curetronic modular synthesizer.
This video offers a bit of electronic music history, with electronic music pioneer and EM goddess Delia Derbyshire demonstrating reel to reel beat matching.
Who needs presets?
This video demonstrates how to change tapes on a Mellotron.
Extra footage from Mellodrama – The Mellotron Movie.