Blank Tape is a a short film about the new wave of DIY labels, producers and artists who’ve found a home for experimental electronic music on cassette.
Experimental and avant garde music has always sought release through peripheral channels. Where in the past that might have been via a number of hand-painted records handed out at concerts or between friends within local scenes, independent labels with more creativity than cash to burn are turning to cassettes as an available, affordable and more immediate medium to release music on.
“Rather than make a film about the so-called “tape revival”, we wanted to hear from the makers themselves to understand what it is about tape that remains so attractive,” note filmmakers Sam Campbell & Sonal Kantaria.
The film features labels like Sacred Tapes, Tesla Tapes and Astro:Dynamics, Warp distributors Bleep and producers Helm and Ekoplekz, whose music has sprung the underground to find a home on PAN and Planet Mu.