In his latest video, synthesist Hainbach takes a look at the Library Of Congress C1 Cassette Player, and using it for creating ambient music.
The C1 has some unique features, making it an interesting tool for experimenting with cassette tapes. It offers variable speed tape playback, half speed switching, and the ability to play both sides of a tape without flipping the tape
Here’s another performance featuring a C1 and other cassette players, playing tape loops, via Amulets (Randall Taylor).
Introduced in 1981, the C1 is pretty much unobtanium, since they’re designed for the blind, labeled ‘Property US Government’, possibly banned from being resold, and were made of plastic over three decades ago.
If you’ve used the C1, leave a comment and share your thoughts on it!