Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape

Zack Taylor

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.

Screenings

  • Schouwburg Kleine Zaal
    English subtitles
    Wed 1 Feb Buy

More information

Filmmaker
Zack Taylor
Country
United Kingdom
Year
2016
Medium
File
Length
93’
Language
English
Producer
Zack Taylor, Georg Petzold
Production Company
Seagull and Birch
Sales
Seagull and Birch
Writer
Zack Taylor, Georg Petzold
Cinematography
Zack Taylor
Editor
Georg Petzold
Sound Design
Casey Langfelder
Music
Matt Bauer, Nature Program