The Lost World of British Tape Recording Clubs
December 17, 2014 7:05 AM Subscribe
A few years ago radio producer Mark Vernon bought a hoard of old reel-to-reel audio tapes in a car boot sale in Derby, as a job lot with an elderly and very heavy tape recorder. Coaxing the old machine back to life, he realised he had rescued the jettisoned archive of the Derby Tape Club—a group of amateurs who made, played and swapped recordings in the 1960s and 70s, when domestic tape-recording was in its infancy and before the audio cassette had conquered the world. A radiophonic elegy to an anonymous group of people and their forgotten enthusiasm: domestic tape recording and amateur radio in the 1960s and '70s.Over the years, Vernon has acquired other archives and put together radio shows, oral histories, and a compilation CD. Listen to the lost sound-scapes of The Leicester tape recording club; the Nottingham Cooperative tape recording club; and the London tape recording club [Breakdown here].
Tape enthusiasts also engaged in tapesponding, a kind of early version of the Mefi Swap. The London Sound Survey [previously] continues the work of the tape clubs, capturing contemporary London soundscapes and archiving historical recordings, including these BBC location recordings from the 1920s–1950s. Vernon, meanwhile, continues to use orphaned tapes in his own ambient soundscapes. [Previously]; [via.]
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