Review of Dear Concerned Employees

Ed Pinsent listened and found out what Dear Concerned Employees was all about:

Muzak, new age relaxation tapes, talks about dolphins, corporate pep talk messages, inaudible spoken word – these are among the contents, everything segued so it’s hard to know where one thing starts and another ends. It’s both comforting and slightly disturbing; nothing is really explained. The music episodes would probably be bland and innocuous in any other context, but here they become quite surreal and almost transcendent. The muzak is oddly warm, not sterile; I often had the impression of being in a friendly hotel, where the TV is constantly beaming up-beat messages.

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Tape Run

Like modern day archeology, from the depths of our shared heritage some copies of various tape runs resurfaced, all untouched and still in their original package.

The tapes were dubbed and assembled at home, all are chrome quality.

The tapes are available at the Underbelly distro in Rotterdam, also on-line.

 

tape runs

Montreal Tape Run was released in collaboration with crustacés tapes from Montreal. This is the staaltape version. Link MTR

In the picture you also see the tourist editions of Paris Tape Run 1 + 2 and Berlin Tape Run 1.

Link PTR1 Link PTR2 Link BTR1

 

The Kylie Golden Remixtape: Press Release

Kylie Minogue released her new album Golden also on audio cassette. She announced the cassette release in a video. Kylie inserts the cassette into her Walkman, presses play, waits and gets excited.

What happens next is that the Kylie Minogue management approaches or doesn’t approach staaltape. They ask, or don’t ask to make a remixtape.

Staaltape is Staalplaat’s cassette label. Staalplaat, active since 1981, is a well-established name among the practitioners and fans of a non-established genre. Electronic beats listed staaltape as one of the ten cassette labels, that keep the tape alive in Germany. Staaltape didn’t only help to keep the tape alive worldwide. Hundreds and hundreds of small labels around the globe helped the cassette tape to a renaissance.

The Kylie management wanted to pay respect to the underground cassette movement. They did or did not ask staaltape to take care of a remix of Kylie’s album Golden. Staaltape proposed a remix of the sounds on the video. The management did or did not agree, on the condition that they would choose half of the musicians. The artist’s names had to remain unknown.

Staaltape agreed.

This means that Jack White did or did not give a track to Volume one. It means that Daft Punk did or did not make a track for Volume two. It also means that artists that you have never heard of did or did not make a remix for the two volumes.

Once you have listened to the remixes you will acknowledge that this all doesn’t really matter.

And the tape looks good too.

The Kylie Golden Remixtape was entirely produced at home, with postcards, Plovdiv the typewriter, a pack of sky-blue writing paper, spray paint, scissors, glue and silk paper, and of course a Yamaha 4track recorder and a Marantz CP430.

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NEW! – Truth Series by :SUCH: –

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New copies of :such: Truth Series ready for shipping. Best place to order is the staalplaat shop, alternatively get directly in touch with me at staaltape at staalplaat com.

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Ultra limited first edition of twelve copies, but this is because I had only twelve empty blank tapes left. 

Why the series is called Truth Series, and more is revealed on a new page.

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