Look what I found

TDK Metal Cassette

I haven’t seen one of these in ages, but in unearthing loads of old cassettes you can find some real treasures. This is a TDK Metal tape with an aluminum body. A great find, and I think they were pretty expensive when they first came out.

I wonder what else I’ll discover?


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Four Track Futures

Tascam Cassette Multitrack

Since I started going back over my old tapes and retrieving them I’ve been thinking about the process of recording to tape, or if not to tape in a linear way and not wholly sequenced.

I liked that way of doing things in the past. There was more room for error and because of that more room for inspired accidents. I miss that. You just don’t get that so much with sequencing.

So I am giving serious consideration to tape again. I might even consider getting a tape 8 track at some point!



Autumn

I took this picture while I was out yesterday. It felt truly autumnal, in fact, far more like autumn than it does today.

I like autumn. It is perhaps my favourite season. I love the leaves coming down off the trees, the fact that it starts to get colder and and that there is a sense that renewal is on the way for everything.


Some more thoughts …

Hello 2016

So, here we are in 2016. I often think it is strange that we somehow cross this imaginary boundary into a new year, but today is a day very much like yesterday in many ways and for many people. It…

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You won’t see one of these I’ll bet

Teac Black Reel to Reel Cassette

I checked the tapedeck site to see if they had one of these in the list of cassettes and they don’t, so I sent them some photos.

I have 3 of these Teac cassettes and I can remember that when I bought them that they were pretty hard to get hold of back then. Now, well I doubt that there would be many of them around any more.

I’ve only got one of the blue ones and the other two are black and not in as good condition.

Beautiful though isn’t it?

Teac reel to reel cassette

I love tape, so I love this …

I’m a fan of Deerful’s music so it was good news when she announced a cassette release. It’s a really nice EP too and very well put togeher.

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Messing about with App Inventor

I’ve been playing with Google’s Android App Inventor site, and it is a lot of fun to mess about with. However, at the moment, it is unlikely to be useful for any kind of serious musical application building.

There is talk of being able to introduce extensions to App Inventor so you could do more with it. Things like using Pure data would be useful if you could integrate that into what App Inventor is about, and maybe that will come at some point, but at the moment musical applications will be somewhat limited and toy-like.

Still. Good fun to play with.


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Listening to myself

Teac Blue Reel to Reel Cassette

I’ve mentioned before that I’m currently going through a process of moving all my old cassettes to digital. It will take a long, long, long, time. I assure you.

But part of the process is listening to music I haven’t heard in years. Mostly things I’ve recorded myself, some great, some terrible, some embarrassing, and all enjoyable in one way or another.

It is a good reminder of why I love music, why I love the creative process. A reminder that software and hardware are just tools for doing something creative and should be looked at as that.

I think it can be really easy to get lost in tools you’re using to the point where you focus so much on what the tool can do and can’t do that you forget what it is you’re trying to achieve. That’s the danger and listening to my old stuff made with simple hardware and usually no software at all made me realise that perhaps I need to think long and hard about where my music is going, or more importantly the fact that it isn’t going anywhere at the moment.


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Getting to the end of Dune

I’m a big fan of audio books and have been for ages. I used to have a lot of walking to do on my journey to work every day and it was a good way of listening to more than just music.

I’ve listened to all sorts of things from fiction to history to music theory, and over the last few weeks I’ve finished listening to one of the biggest stories. Dune.

I’ve listened to:

  • Dune
  • Dune Messiah
  • Children of Dune
  • God Emperor of Dune
  • Heretics of Dune
  • Chapterhouse Dune

It feels kind of odd to have finished listening to the books now. A bit like there’s no where left to go.

I know that there are the prequel books and a few others in the franchise too now, and I’ll probably get around to listening to those at some point, but for now it feels like an ending, and it is.


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The Poetry Library

I spent a very pleasant hour recently in the Poetry Library at the Southbank centre. I’ve been a member of the Poetry Library almost since it first opened, and it is truly a national treasure.

It is such a peaceful place, such a great place to sit and read poetry (of course) and discover new writing.

When I worked full time in London I used to make a lot more use of it, but now I only get to pop in every now and then. Even so, it is a joy to visit it every now and then. I hope to get to use it more.


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If you want to find the National Poetry Library

Here’s a map to show you where it is. I’d certainly recommend it as a great place to visit

A visit to the Horniman

I was at the Horniman Museum recently and took a look at a few of their temporary exhibitions including this one on the Tuareg.

The exhibition is called Tuareg: People of the Veil, and although only a small exhibition I really enjoyed looking around it at the textiles.

The Horniman is one of my favourite museums and I’ve spent many happy hours there over the years. It always has something interesting going on and is very good at serving it’s local community as well.

Places like the Horniman are really important. They may not have huge multimedia exhibitions running all the time, but they have exhibits that you might not see anywhere else. Places like this should be protected. They’re important.

If you’re interested in finding the Horniman museum …


More posts about museums

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Listening to Laurie

Laurie Anderson Interview Cassette

I found this tape the other day when I was clearing out old cassettes (a job that’s going to take me a while I think).

I’d forgotten I even had this, so it is great to listen to Laurie Anderson as I’ve been a fan for many years now, and interesting to hear her talk about her work in the present tense from so long ago.


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