Watch The Vinyl Factory’s short film Blank Tape: Electronic Cassette Culture

Just what is it that makes tape so different, so appealing?

DIY cassette culture has long been central to grassroots punk and hip-hop, but in recent years plenty of experimental electronic producers have also been turning to the analog medium to exploit its affordability, immediacy and specific sonic qualities.

Exploring the current wave of artists putting out music in this vintage format, Blank Tape: Electronic Cassette Culture is a new film from The Vinyl Factory and filmmakers Sam Campbell and Sonal Kantaria.

Rather than creating a film about the so-called “tape revival”, the filmmakers asked label owners and producers themselves what it is about tape that remains so attractive, speaking to labels like Sacred Tapes, Tesla Tapes and Astro:Dynamics, Warp distributors Bleep and producers Helm and Ekoplekz.

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