Technically, it’s an abomination. Inaccurate sonic reproduction, often lacking high end definition, drizzled in haphazard distortions, subject to random pitch fluctuations and topped off with a hissy backdrop. But to some, these technically woeful traits have come to represent beauty, character, charm. Why? Why do some of us prefer a bad recording to a good one? Why do we actually like lo-fi? Continue reading
One of the reasons bands like The Rolling Stones have enjoyed such longevity is that they’ve created and played from the listener’s viewpoint. They’ve never appeared bothered about looking clever, or skilled as musicians. All that matters in the music is Continue reading
The Sony CHF60 has already been added to this blog, and you can find the full text for the tape in the post: 1981 Sony CHF60 Audio Cassette.
I did, however, think it was also worth adding this post for the 90 minute version, if only for the photo. What a great encapsulation of the technology of 1980 this image is.
A reminder that not all commercial audio cassette recording was related to music or the spoken voice. Back in the distant depths of 1980 there was a thriving cottage industry creating and selling audio recordings of British locomotives, and not just steam. Classic diesel recordings were also very popular. Continue reading
This photo serves as quite a stark warning message: the characteristics an audio cassette has today are not necessarily representative of the characteristics it had when new! Continue reading