Mix: Insubstantial Magnetics

As with the Crackle! mix I posted a bit ago, this one has a record that sort of exemplifies the concept. In this case, it’s Reynols’ 2000 release Blank Tapes, a collection of sublime collages constructed from the amplified sounds of the titular materials. To work with magnetic tape as a sound production source is to also work with insubstantiality, to carefully manipulate a fragile medium to repeat, change the speed, or otherwise alter a variety of sounds, and nothing captures that tenuous atmosphere than the use of tapes with hardly any recorded sound at all. This mix assembles my favorites of these adventures into the barest and most delicate of sonorities.


00:00. Reynols – second untitled track from Blank Tapes (Trente Oiseaux, 2000)

06:42. kNN – first untitled track from Several Audio Tests for Magnetophones and Magnetic Tapes (Falt, 2018)

11:18. Darksmith – “One” from Gypsy (Mom Costume, 2014)

14:15. Graham Lambkin – “Tape 2 (2001)” from Draining the Vats (Pineapple Tapes, 2006)

18:16. Andrea Borghi – “Entertainment – Omaggio a D.F. Wallace” from Musica per Nastro (Spectropol, 2012)

19:58. Giovanni Lami – “PPK4” from Bias (Consumer Waste, 2016)

26:57. Brian John Mitchell – “28” from Slang Vol. 3 (Veduin Hiss, 2018)

30:48. Termite Acropolis – “A Character to Develop New Moles” from Dedication in Vinegar (Round Bale, 2016)

34:51. Diurnal Burdens – “Cessation” from Cancelled Tangents (Falt, 2019)

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