Ballad of Jacob Wetterling

Virg + the Eldorados – Ballad of Jacob Wetterling (tape rip)

The Lung-Large Intestine Talks (found audio)

Whilst digging through my huge assortment of unidentified cassette tapes I discovered a tape with home-recorded conversations on either side. The first side sees a mundane (yet weirdly compelling) discussion on all sorts of chit-chat-type topics. The most interesting thing about it is the woman who seems to be the guest of the recordist. She babbles on and on about any number of inane things, there are hints of madness that make for interesting listening. The second side (the side posted here) contains a talk that revolves largely around the human body’s meridians which are known as conduits for chi or life-force in Chinese medicine. I don’t know what the expertise of either participant is, but the conversation veers from banal to poetic to bizarre with great fluidity. Thought perhaps someone might want to listen and so here it is for your enjoyment. Playback from Sony TCM400DV cassette recorder, slightly slowed down, to digital recorder with lo-cut filter.


My version of a new age alien xenophile cassette tape in honour of mars rover success

encounter vers c2
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Singika – Pagsikat Ng Bagong Araw (Phillipines 1995 cassette)

The Philippines is one part of the world that I know very little about. This tape appears to be folk music from the Cuyo archipelago of the Palawan province. The songs are vocal instrumental and most feature guitar (or something similar. There are also other instruments used as well as male/ female vocals solo or in a group. I cannot recall that I have ever heard any music from the Philippines and this tape makes me want to seek out more. There are a couple of tunes that really strike me in their simplicity and rawness. The only other cultural evidence I have in my collections from this part of the world is a series of recent collections of first-person accounts of ghost stories (in English and transliterated Tagalog, as far as I can tell) culled from the internet. There’s no obvious connection between the two but I mention it only to spur myself on to find out more. Please to enjoy this beautiful and unexpected tape.

Singika – Pagsikat Ng Bagong Araw (Phillipines 1995 cassette)
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gamelan cassette

A rip of a tape of Gamelan music I found at the Cheapo in uptown. The cassette section has the tapes all stored in long shallow cardboard boxes. It seems like who ever had the idea to organize them in this fashion ran out of steam eventually and the last vertical rows were name-/ genre-less. There were treasures galore and I’ll be posting some more soon. For now, please enjoy about an hour-long tape rip of some that most beautiful and haunting music:
S Ciptosuwarso ‎– Aneka Asmaradana (1990 Indonesia cassette)
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