In the continuing story about the cassette culture Don Campau takes us to his garage. Here over five thousand cassettes are stored. Most of them arrived by post. Don decided to make a kind of archeologic expedition and virtually travel through various layers of time and music.
If Don needed a blank tape, he went down to the drugstore and bought a couple. Back in his garage a number of tape machines and instruments would do the rest: produce a cassette, a finished work of home made art, not a demo tape. Engage the tape machine, make a copy, get the artwork xeroxed and send it out to like-minded friends in all corners of the world.
Again he presents a worthful insight into a movement which history has yet to be written, if it is at all possible to understand the impact and the force of the enormous creative explosion that hit earth in the early 80s.
Playlist – artist/ title/ label-source-year
Mana Erg/ Uhu, Bovril/ Janus/—cassette 1993 Italy
n33/ in the dark ( anyway)/ ? Hayoon Limit cassette 1989-90? France
Pol Silentblock/ Overture De Paupieres…/ Aphrodites Moi Tout/ —cassette 1991 Belgium
History Of Spare Parts/ Yoga Goes Las Vegas/ History Of Spare Parts/—cassette 1988 USA
Trespassers W/ Mansonges/ Cross/ —cassette 1994 Netherlands
Derek White/ Fossils/ The Ethereal Aether/—cassette 1989 USA
Brolin Gentry/ The Only Dance There Is/ Brigade/—cassette 1988 USA
Static Action/ Electric City/ Electric City/ Invisible Disk cassette 1987 USA
Dennis Carleton/ Rose From THerese/ The Other Way Around/ Greenlight 1989 USA
Ken Clinger/ Laundromat/ KC 18/ Bovine cassette 1988? USA
Squires Of The Subterrain/ View Mobile/ Electric Blanket/ Rocket Racket cassette 1991 USA
Chris Wind/ Pacer/ Pacer 3/—cassette 1987 Canada
Big City Orchestra/ Water Rituals/ Planet Of Giants/ Peuleschille Tapes 1986 Netherlands
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The No Pigeonholes radio show is a result of Don’s direct involvement with the cassette culture, the vast network of home-produced cassette exchangers that anticipated the internet, its social networks and the whole shabam of netlabels and free downloadable musicians. An attempt to archive the movement is in his Living Archive of Underground Music.
Stations that broadcast No Pigeonholes:
KKUP Edition> 2nd and 4th Sundays 3-5 PM, on KKUP, 91.5FM if you are around.
European Edition> broadcast twice monthly by Radio Marabu throughout continental Europe ( and archived for the internet).
KWTF Edition> Streaming at KWTF> community radio for Sonoma County California.
No Pigeonholes EXP> broadcast and streamed live on KOWS-FM ( 1st, 3rd, 5th Thursdays 6-8 PM Pacific Time. KOWS> all experimental music.
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