Don Campau- No Pigeonholes episode 11, focus on Audiofile Tapes, part 2

If you are not a fan of Don Campau’s loose, but encyclopedical approach to the hometape movement that shook the earth in the 1980s, well, then you must be a fan of some other shows we have here on Radio On. We love you all the same, you and your ears.

The new show by Don is a fine addition to the growing amount of information on cassette culture. He informs about the releases, the persons involved, what they did then and what they do now, and play the musics as well. Tracks that document an era, but in some aspects also make one aware where part of the whole diversion towards off-music as we know it today, came from.

The tenth episode of Don’s No Pigeonholes is dedicated to the label Audiofile Tapes.

no pigeonholes audiofile tapes

Word to Don:
“Audiofile Tapes was run by Carl Howard from New Jersey and, to me, marked a high point of American underground cassette labels. Audiofile released several dozen tapes and many were to become hallmarks of the entire scene.”

His interview with Carl Howard, conducted in 2011, can be found on the Living Archive of Underground Music

artist/ title/ label-source-year

Dino DiMuro/ When The Quality Drops/ One View Slightly Skewed/ audiofile cassette 1993
Don Campau/ Panic In The Classroom/ False Positive/ audiofile cassette 1992
Viktimized Carcass/ Mosquito/ Traumatized/ audiofile cassette 1987

Doug Michael & The Outer Darkness / Day One/ Silent Deacy/ audiofile cassette 1993
NKVD/ Bass 1 / Lovers Of Libra/ audiofile cassette 1989
M Finnkrieg/ Vague Figures/ Worth Less Than Ideas/ audiofile cassette 1989


Crawling With Tarts/ side C/ Bled Es Siba/ audiofile cassette 1988
William Hooker Duo/ The Clouds/ William Hooker Duo/ audiofile cassette 1997
Feine Trinkers Beim Pinkeln Daheim/ Moral Insanity/ Feine Trinkers Beim Pinkeln Daheim/ audiofile cassette 1994
S Gustav Hagglund/ Percussion Music/ Hear The Roar Of Mountains Vol 2/ audiofile cassette 1985

Dave Prescott/ Side B/ Red Shift Four/ audiofile cassette 1989
Richard Franecki/ Side 1/ Theme From A Non Existing Film/ audiofile cassette 1989
Big City Orchestra/ Curiosity Is A Bornin/ The Man Of Steal/ audiofile cassette 1989

Don Campau’s No Pigeonholes Audiofile tapes special part 2 broadcasts every day all through November 21:00-22:00 Berlin time (-9 for Santa Rosa, Ca)

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.

How to submit your music

podcasts of past No Pigeonholes
podcasts of past No Pigeonholes EXP