Believe it or not, the title of this entry does not spring from my (misplaced?) enthusiasm for cassette tapes. Not directly, anyway.
Meet Brian Shimkovitz, recently spotlighted in the Fader for his blog called (what else) Awesome Tapes from Africa. In some ways, it would appear that Mr. Shimkovitz (Brian?) and I are brethren in our efforts simultaneously to preserve the cassette tape as a medium and to digitally disperse the contents of cassettes. His project differs from the Listening Project superficially, of course: he collects music from all over Africa, which he then digitizes and shares on his blog. He also draws opinion in different ways. By sharing the contents of his tapes, Shimkovitz provides a new forum for the voices of these artists, but also makes his own point about recording media, the music industry, and access. As the music works its magic on his readers (and listeners, I suppose), Shimkovitz’s project begs for comments; in the Fader video, he speaks specifically of the different opinions and voices that have entered into conversation on his blog. No need to take my word for it, though… that’s what links are for.
Incidentally, it sounds a little bit like the sound for the video might have been recorded on a cassette tape, but perhaps my ears betray me.