I’ve got a lot of tapes in the basement. As in, thousands of them.
Many of them are your standard issue commercial releases that have been reissued on CD. Those aren’t exciting. But there are three other categories of cassettes represented in the collection:
- Radio shows: I have quite a few radio shows on tape. Some are from shows I did in college, many are from shows I listened to when I was in high school in the early 1990s. All of these shows are long off-the-air, but held many great moments that may not exist anywhere else.
- Demo tapes: Over the years, I’ve accumulated a fair number of demo tapes or self-produced cassettes by bands from a variety of genres. It’s time to give them a new life.
- Out-of-print releases: The last category is made up of commercial releases on labels that are long gone and will likely never find their way to CD.
These three categories are the ones I’m most interested in converted into a digital format for archival purposes. After all, you never know when a tape’s going to snap.
I’ve decided to post these tapes as I archive them for your enjoyment. Hopefully you’ll like them.
Posts will be sporadic, as I have time. I’m not commiting to any regular schedule, because I suck at that.
(No profit whatsoever is being made from the sharing of these tapes. If your music is featured on any of these recordings and you’d like the files removed, please contact me and I’ll take care of it.)
Hey, wait… what’s up with the tape in the right sidebar?
Why, that’s a TDK D-90, my blank tape of choice during the 1990s. It was a reasonably priced cassette with better response than other normal bias cassettes. Being the nerd I am, I can tell you about the series of design changes that the cassette, case, and labels went through over the years. But I won’t.
TDK D-90, thanks for the memories. And for not snapping (yet).