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    My minidisc recently broke. Unable to afford a new one let alone a fancy ipod gizmo, I've dug out my battered but much-loved Walkman. Rediscovered loads of great tapes and two sides of an album.
    Seeing a much trendier friend he tells me Walkmans are the new cool. What with every tom dick and harry jogging around with white earpieces, Walkmans are apparently the new retro chic. Is this true?

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    Yep. Cassettes are going to make a major resurgence. The best Walkmans to be seen with are Panasonic, Sharp and Sony WM-F10s.

    As well as being hip, you'll also be saving your brain from whatever vile tumours, yet unreported by scientists, that iPods produce (probably).

    Don't forget to write down song titles on your J-card - this will help you remembner what's on each tape. A blue biro is recommended for "I'm chillin'" ultra cool kudos (red biro's more "I'm a perky, upbeat sort - dig my tracks!" ; black biro's "I'm chilled out too, but I do take my music very seriously"). You can also customise this by adding little stickers on the cassette, or putting a large cross through the 'Noise Reduction' box and scribbling NO WAY by the side

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    Watch the price of 2nd-hand tapes at MVE go back up to a tenner then!

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    I reckon there's scope for all the audiophiles to chime in with stuff about how they can hear the "warmth" in the oxide and how you don't get that from mp3s.... definitely scope for those original sony walkman headphones with big bits of sponge on them and a thin bit of steel going over your head.

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    My set, originally purchased in 1981, is still in perfect working order, as astonishingly is the Walkman which came with it (oh, that grey industrial 1981 steel look).

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    Does anyone remember that noise you used to get at the beginning of major label tapes, that sort of swooping beeps sound? It was meant to deter us from home taping, I think, but how exactly I'm not sure.

    Let's face it, the only reason vinyl wasn't scrapped altogether in 1987 was cos DJs like to line up their coke on the grooves

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    John Eden: Damn that thing is hot. I'm feeling all flushed. I just got my Shuffle today and now I feel like a tosser.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martin
    Does anyone remember that noise you used to get at the beginning of major label tapes, that sort of swooping beeps sound? It was meant to deter us from home taping, I think, but how exactly I'm not sure.
    I always thought it was some kind of quality control thing?

    Stupid gimmicks part one:

    One major label issued their cassette albums recorded on one side - with the other side blank for your to record "your own music" (cos you couldn't encourage people to record other people's music, now could you?)

    Stupid gimmicks part two:

    Some group issuing a 4-track version of their cassingle (nice!) i.e. for playing on 4-track tape decks so that people could mix it themselves. I remember being fascinated by this, but obviously never bought it cos I figured it wouldn't work on my music centre at home...

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    I have an ancient tape of Music For Airports (Ambient 1) by Eno, and there is this strange, cyclical bleeping and undulating high-pitched (but vaguely melodic) whine which goes through both sides which I am not entirely convinced was not put there by Eno himself. On the newly remastered CD reissue, the whine is absent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john eden
    I always thought it was some kind of quality control thing?

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    Maybe it was - I don't have a clue, really. I did like the 'Home Taping is Killing Music' symbols though (so did Bow Wow Wow). What I also loved about tapes was the instant ability to produce your own mixes, it's quite a skill and takes a deft hand to manipulate those record/pause/rewind buttons you know (he says vaguely tongue in cheek). Used to be able to knock out 'Punky Reggae Party' comps, to be honest, I don't personally have the equipment or patience to learn how to mix on a computer, tho 'nice one' to those who do.

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    Zang Tuum Tumb were KINGS of the cassingle.

    (He says, talking to himself).

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    Quote Originally Posted by martin
    Maybe it was - I don't have a clue, really. I did like the 'Home Taping is Killing Music' symbols though (so did Bow Wow Wow). What I also loved about tapes was the instant ability to produce your own mixes, it's quite a skill and takes a deft hand to manipulate those record/pause/rewind buttons you know (he says vaguely tongue in cheek). Used to be able to knock out 'Punky Reggae Party' comps, to be honest, I don't personally have the equipment or patience to learn how to mix on a computer, tho 'nice one' to those who do.
    It was called something pseudo scientific wasn't it? The "something something system"

    The blurb went alongside all that guff about Dolby.

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    Also, industrial bands, don't waste your money on effects boxes etc, just tape a load of shortwave interference off the radio - hey presto, you're ready to play a gig - just hook the tape up to a speaker and have 2 band members standing around at the back in semi-darkness, pretending to do things - and shout into a microphone - frees up your time to concentrate on making gruesome photomontages and manifestos, the audience were probably going to boo you anyway.

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