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No. 069: Tape-Deck Listening [Disquiet0049-DeckDuet]

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No. 69: Tape-Deck Listening

Written, performed, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Ian Campbell at Muntin Studios, Denver, Colorado.
Music protected under a Creative Commons "Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0)" License, 2012 Ian Campbell.
Photography copyright 2012 Ian Campbell. All rights reserved.
Created for Disquiet No.49.*


"No. 69: Tape-Deck Listening" was composed by Ian Campbell by recording the sound of the process of recording to a compact cassette as heard from both the perspective of a close listener (via the microphone) and the perspective of the tape-deck itself (via the sound of the tape-deck recorded through the microphone onto the tape). The aforementioned two simultaneously created recordings were brought together in a digital audio workstation (DAW), played back at the same time, re-sampled to create the phase-oriented composition in the middle section of the piece, re-recorded through the tape-deck to give the final product a genuine analogue compact cassette sound, and finally recorded back into the DAW to facilitate digitization and upload to SoundCloud. The tape-deck used was a Sony TC-RX311 with noise reduction turned off and gain controls set not to overdrive any portion of the signal path. The tape was a mid 1990's Type I TDK 74 minute cassette. A Type 1 cassette, a lack of noise reduction, and a lack of tape distortion were employed so as to provide a sound that represents all of the sonic nuance (and flaws) of the compact cassette medium. All sonic material in this piece comes from the recording of the process of recording the tape-deck near and through itself.


"No. 69: Tape-Deck Listening" explores the intersection between the tape-deck, the listener, and the sounds created by the machine itself as experienced from the perspective of the tape-deck. By recording through and from the perspective of the tape-deck, the listener is presented with a piece that challenges the listener to examine the sounds created by the machine as part of the experience of listening to music on tape. The work presents the possibilities of what the music played back on cassette sounds like without the music typically contained on the cassette-tape.

* More on this 49th Disquiet Junto project at: More details on the Disquiet Junto at: Disquiet Junto/

"No. 069: Tape-Deck Listening [Disquiet0049-DeckDuet]" by afterpostmodernism is licensed under a Creative Commons License

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