The Case for CDs
-- as CD sales continue to plummet
, Grantland's Steven Hyden takes a "glass-half-full perspective" on those numbers, discusses format nostalgia, and the five types of albums that justify the continued existence of CDs. [more inside]
Pates Tapes is an online music project from Charles Pates
comprised of hundreds of hours of mixtapes culled from vinyl and cassette. Just click and play.
Audio visual technology changes so fast that if you’re of a certain age you’ve been left holding the bag of cassettes, VHS tapes and vinyl records. What will you do with these AV artifacts if you no longer want to play them? Have no fear; you can have lots of crafty fun with your real audio. You can make a cassette tape mini journal
, a cassette wallet
or cassette coin purse
, or a mini cassette lamp
. If you’re into melting stuff, you can make a sculpture, such as this skeleton
, from the plastic. The tape can be crocheted or knitted into items like totes
, evening bags
, Barbie halter dresses
, or baby booties
. [more inside]
Dual cassette deck DJ.
DJ Ramsey of Scottsdale, Arizona does with cassettes what DJ's have done for decades with vinyl records, CDs and mp3s.
Obsolecence and adolescence
I came of musical age during the beginning of the tectonic shift between cassette/vinyl/CD (vinyl on the way out, cassette taking precedence and CD waiting in the wings).
Crushes, science and lots of bad music I still love (yeah, too much Anglophilian pop
) was spooled on those tapes. This story
about the demise of the cassette has it all! And it's a great bit of writing, too...