CASSETTE MEMORIES at Roskilde Festival 2013

Consortium for the Preservation of Cassette Tape (CPCT) presents:


- a media archaeological excavation of the cassette tape and its use – from a human and tape perspective.

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“Listen to your present time tapes and you will begin to see who you are and what you are doing here”

Cassette Memories is a sound installation and drop-in workshop based in the Makerspace in Dream City (H82 on the festival map).

Side A: We remember tape

Side B: Tape remembers us.

As our first childhood medium that brought us our first musical experiences and made it possible to make our own tapes- or as an obsolete medium that today is something that is associated with our older brothers or parents? As a way of sharing music and making mixtapes for parties or lovers?

The rotating capstan and pressure roller pressing against my thin polyester tape coated with chromium oxide, transferring the magnetic domains to the playback heads. The battle between narrow tapes with poor signal/noise ratio and engineous noise reduction leading to a portable music medium sounding differently on different cassette decks, walkmen and car stereos?

Bring along your old cassettes or use some of ours, transform them into loops and mix them into something new.

We want to document your stories about tapes, cassette culture, and music.

We will also be improvising live musical performances with the tapes made here, at intervals through the day on Wednesday and Thursday.

At this year’s Roskilde festival CPTC are presenting both sides (A and B) of the story of the cassette tape. Come to Makerspace in Dream city and experience and remake / remix the voices of cassette culture. Both human and cassette.

“mix yesterday in with today and hear tomorrow your future rising out of old recordings everybody splice himself in with everybody else”

Quotes from “The Invisible Generation” by William Burroughs, taken from pp335 – 340 of Cox & Warner (2004): Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music, Continuum.

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