DEAR CONCERNED EMPLOYEES (cassette compilation by Staaltape)
To be honest: I have a slightly odd relationship with Staalplaat from Berlin. Not just as a former employee, in a different country and different place, after having committed some words on my time spend there in book form, which didn’t go down well (if read at all), but also with the people running the current version of Staaltape, who wrote some story about Luigi Russolo on their “staalzine” (not a zine but some text on a blog) in which they satirized my way of writing reviews, which joke was somehow lost on me. I expressed my dislike and thought that would be the end of getting any more cassettes from Staaltape. Until this one, which I am hesitant to review. Why on earth would they want me to review something after writing this “Viva modern warfare. Or viva Frans de Waard. I can imagine him very well, writing a review in his vital weekly, in which he transcribes the information that came with the CD”, followed by an imaginary review. Apparently, I transcribe information and call that a review. I thought of doing that here. I didn’t do that here. The information wasn’t that interesting.
All right, so here’s a tape with bits and bops by Taco Bong, Kylie Minogue, KK, St_St, Sean Jason, Mrs Mangle, El Tonto Bing Bang, The New Plastic People, Kim Wild 93, all rather lo-fi homebrew noise, taped on cassettes and shipped off to Staaltape. The original ideas were to send it to employers (sic) of the Duke Energy Building, who made news headlines when they found a strange package, which turned out to be a Journey cassette. The idea was to send them this as a one-off cassette, something to relax them, which may account for some of the lo-fi bits and bops, a sort of muzak I guess. But Staaltape did some more copies in a hand made package. It was enjoyable most of the times, though not great or exciting. Not sure if I thought was enough. (FdW)
The production marathon started during my residency in Linz, at the cassette culture node.Linz exhibition, organised and narrated by Wolfgang Dorninger. I produced the new versions of the Berlin Tape Run. Paris Tape Run, June Crawford’s tape and Dear Concerned Employees followed.
At this moment I’m in the middle of the production process of K A N T O O R, the first issue of a tape and zine with found sounds, compiled by found sounds collectors. The release is a collaboration with Petrichor, a small independent publishing house in Deventer, in the east of the Netherlands. We aim to have the first copies available at the beginning of February.
Meanwhile in Berlin, the staaltape releases in the staalplaat store slowly start to grow in numbers. If you are on a visit, or living in the fair city of Berlin, just walk in every now and then, marvel at all the zines, posters, albums, books and tapes on display, and see if there’s something you would like to take home or give to a friend.
The production marathon continues in 2019. Thirty copies C90, heavy chrome quality of the 1990s, side A is ready. The release is a collaboration with #Petrichor, a small publishing house in Deventer. They will take care of the zine. There are still a couple of words to be written and added. There are also still some sounds that need to cover the B-sides.
Now in production, the first issue of KANTOOR, a series of releases dedicated to found sounds and their collectors. The release is a collaboration with the Dutch art book publishing house Petrichor. They will take care of the zine that will be published together with a C90. For the first issue cassettes from the 1990s of chrome and metal quality will be re-used. Sounds, words and images are by Jeroen Diepenmaat, Wassily Bosch, Ezio Piermattei and Ben Roberts. We hope to release the first KANTOOR in the first week of February.
Here’s an overview of staaltape releases that are sold out and new ones. The collection of new releases will grow this year. Visit @staalplaat when you’re in Berlin, or visit the website and see if there’s something you like.
Paris Tape Run 2, tape exchange between two runners
dubbed from 4track master tape
with use of Yamaha MT 100 II and Marantz CP430
price €8.50 (ex shipping)
Full info at the staaltape shop
Tracks from staaltape releases June Crawford – what that says about me, and the Berlin Tape Run on this Lord Litter show produced for Electronic Cottage.