Cassette Culture - John Z. Komurki (Hardcover)
The Past and Present of a Musical Icon
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- 20 Aug 2019
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Addressing the past, present and future of the “Compact Cassette” as an icon of pop culture, an ultimate guide to the “tapenaissance” shows how tapes have become increasingly prominent in cinema, advertising and the music industry. Illustrations.
From videos by Frank Ocean to the “Guardians of the Galaxy“ movie, tapes have become increasingly prominent in cinema, advertising, and, of course, the music industry. And as tape sales in the US grew by 74 percent last year, it is time to address past, present and future of the “Compact Cassette“ as icon of popular culture. New generations of individuals, record labels and DIY communities are rediscovering its unique characteristics, adapting them to a contemporary context. In the age of soulless MP3s and similar digital formats there is a real appreciation for the physical qualities of an item that can be collected, exchanged and individually designed. This volume covers themes such as recording and design, “distro“ as distribution source, interviews and provides a step-by-step manual to conducting own tape experiments.
- General Subject
- BISAC Subject 1
- Music / History & Criticism
- BIC Classification 1
- Popular culture
- Library Subject 1
- Library Subject 2
- Audiocassettes - Social aspects
- Library Subject 3
- Audiocassettes - History
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John Z. Komurki, currently living in Berlin, writes about analog technology and print cultures. His books have been published in several languages. He was founding editor of Mexico City Lit, and editor of the Berlin Quarterly. Current projects include the history of the mimeograph and the study of contemporary print practices.