Cassette culture

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  • Audio Arts, 100+ editions, ed. Bill Furlong, London, 1973-2006. Audio cassette magazine.
  • Tellus, 27 editions, eds. Joseph Nechvatal, Claudia Gould, and Carol Parkinson, New York, 1983-1993. Audio cassette magazine; published bimonthly.
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Community and Resources[edit]



  • Robin James, Cassette Mythos, Autonomedia, 1990, 206 pp. With a CD. [3] [4] [5]
  • Peter Manuel, Cassette Culture: Popular Music and Technology in North India, University of Chicago Press, 1993, 322 pp. [6]. Review: Higgins (20th C Music).
  • Thurston Moore (ed.), Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture, Universe, 2005, 96 pp. WP. [7]
  • Ronald Galenza, Alexander Pehlemann (eds.), Spannung. Leistung. Widerstand. Magnetbanduntergrund DDR 1979-1990, Berlin: Verbrecher, 2006, 192 pp. With audio 2-CD (48 tracks). Publisher. (German)
  • Charles Hirschkind, The Ethical Soundscape: Cassette Sermons and Islamic Counterpublics, Columbia University Press, 2006, 288 pp. [8]
  • Thomas Bey William Bailey, Unofficial Release: Self-Released And Handmade Audio In Post-Industrial Society, Belsona Books Ltd., 2012.
  • John Z. Komurki, Cassette Cultures: The Past and Present of a Musical Icon, Berlin: Vetro, 2019, 176 pp. Publisher.
  • Jerry Kranitz, Cassette Culture: Homemade Music and the Creative Spirit in the Pre-internet Age, Friedrichshafen: Vinyl on Demand, 2020, 320 pp. With audio 2-CD (46 tracks, 160 min). Interview. Publisher. [9] [10]
  • Alexander Pehlemann, Robert Mießner, Ronald Galenza (eds.), Magnetizdat DDR. Magnetbanduntergrund Ost 1979–1990, Berlin: Verbrecher, 2023, 464 pp. With 3-LP. Publisher. [11] (German)

Articles, theses, papers[edit]

Documentary films[edit]

  • Grindstone Redux, dir. Andrew Szava-Kovats, 2009, 60 min. On the underground music scene of the 1980s. IMDB.
  • Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape, dir. Zack Taylor, Georg Petzold, and Seth Smoot, 2016, 92 min. Trailer. [12]. IMDB.

See also[edit]

Mail art

Sound and Music
communities of practice

Radio art, Pirate radio, Community radio, Electroacoustic music, Computer music, Sound art, Field recording, Noise, Cassette culture, Zine culture, Max/MSP, Pure Data, SuperCollider, Net radio, Live coding.
See also Artists' cultures.