by Robert Sommerlad
For much of 2012 I volunteered at the Science Museum, working as a Documentation and Research Assistant for their ‘Oramics to Electronica: Revealing Histories of Electronic Music’ exhibition. I produced podcasts, wrote blog articles and archived bizarre bits of ephemera from the history of electronic music. Click the text below to read one such blog, a step-by-step guide to creating tape loops.
…Cassette tapes are fairly easy to modify too, and doing so provides a fun insight into the early development of electronic music and a chance to get in touch with its roots. Making a tape loop is one of the easiest and most satisfying tape experiments that you can do, and it takes little more than a few bits of a stationery, a steady hand and half an hour of your time. The process is relatively fiddly and the results will be largely dictated by chance (exciting in itself!), but it’s all worth it for the thrill of feeling the spirit of early electronic music experimenters flowing through you. The results are somewhat unpredictable, but sometimes you stumble upon a perfect three or four second-long loop…