Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape

  • 93'
  • United Kingdom
  • 2016

Oh, that magic moment when you pushed two buttons – record and play – enabling you to record whatever you liked: top 40 songs for your beau, potential hits for your future record deal and messages for family overseas. The compact cassette, as it is officially known, helped democratise music in the 1970s and is now experiencing an unexpected revival. 
Philips staffer Lou Otten, generally viewed as the medium’s inventor, talks about its development and global success thanks to his relaxed attitude towards competitor Sony. Underground icons Henry Rollins, Thurston Moore and Ian MacKaye laud the humble cassette tape, which has now been discovered by young bands and music venues as a hip analogue music medium. The spaces between Otten’s understated anecdotes and current fans’ enthusiasm is fabulously filled by excerpts from the warm sound of tapes from back in the day.

Free admission.

Director
Zack Taylor
Country of production
United Kingdom
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
93'
Medium
File
Language
English
Producers
Zack Taylor, Georg Petzold
Production Company
Seagull and Birch
Sales
Seagull and Birch
Screenplay
Zack Taylor, Georg Petzold
Cinematography
Zack Taylor
Editor
Georg Petzold
Sound Design
Casey Langfelder
Music
Matt Bauer, Nature Program