Geert Jan Hobijn, founder of staalplaat, illuminates the room with his copy of kantoor2.
I met Geert Jan during a Sunday coffee break after a visit to little Balkans, the wonderful flea market in the east of Berlin.
Geert Jan Hobijn, sound artist.
Staalplaat, the label. GJ curates, designs and produces the artwork of the staalplaat (vinyl) releases.
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
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.
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.
Early shoppers can fill their cart here
Kylie in black silk paper
The Kylie Golden Remixtape
Plovdiv at work
Plovdiv at work
Review of Patrizia Oliva – Numen on Continuo’s Documents.
Copies of the second edition are still available at the staalplaat shop in Berlin, also for mailorders. Once those sell out, I will need to produce a third edition.
liner notes – main image
“Oliva takes you on quite a fascinating ride……Great tape in the usual handmade Staaltape fashion.” says FdW in Vital Weekly
“In questi casi il prezzo per copia dovrebbe lievitare al di sopra degli 80 €.” says cassettophobian in sands-zine
“Ganz grosses Kino,” Thomas Neumann in Hörerlebnis 097 (physical copy).
Audiozine #3 – Valerie Kuehne is reviewed by Ed Pinsent in The Sound Projector. He hears “evidence of a wild, peculiar talent.” Read the complete review here.
The second edition is now available at Staalplaat in Berlin (postal orders too), directly from the artist, or from yours sincerely (contact form at bottom of this post).
“I never had heard any other music of Valerie Kuehne, but she has a new follower!” says Johan Nederpel in Yeah, I know it sucks.
“She performs with great style,” says Frans De Waard in Vital Weekly #1032
“Sehr hoher Unterhaltungswert,” says DJ TDK aka Thomas Neumann in Hörerlebnis, Ausgabe 97 (physical copy)
Side A, sprayed on the banks of the River Vistula in Warsaw, with the help of Anna Wóstovich.
“Valerie I’d like to release a tape of your works on staaltape” – “Great.” somehow didn’t work out. So one day while going through her songs for a far away future conceptual release for staaltape, I got the idea to surprise her with a selection I made. She gave me carte blanche to go on as I thought was right.
The result is that this is not a tape by Valerie, but a tape by me, for which I used her songs and other appearances. I compiled and structured it and in doing so I created a portrait of Valerie Kuehne. Hence, an audiozine, says the editor.
I won’t make a teaser for this album. I even hesitate to publish the song titles. It would spoil too much of your pleasure. You can pre-order directly from Valerie, or from me. There are 13 copies available.
You can find the complete info on this page.
Audiozine #3 – Valerie Kuehne