EXPLORING CASSETTE CULTURE IN SCOTLAND’S INDEPENDENT MUSIC SCENE

EXPLORING CASSETTE CULTURE IN SCOTLAND’S INDEPENDENT MUSIC SCENE

Associate Lecturer and PhD Researcher Iain Taylor delivered a seminar on the 27th March entitled “Revaluing a Devalued Format? Exploring Cassette Culture in Scotland’s Independent Music Scene”. The seminar (drawing upon preliminary research for his thesis) focused on the resurgence of the music cassette as a means of music distribution in indie and punk circles of Scotland’s independent music scene. Drawing upon interviews with participants in the Scottish indie scene including musicians, record labels, and fans, the seminar outlined ways that value is being attached (or reattached) to the cassette as a cultural artefact, and how the cassette’s new-found partnership with the digital download raises future questions on how we attach value to recorded music artefacts in an age of increasing digital intangibility.

Iain will be delivering a developed version of the seminar at the next Scottish Pop Academic Network meeting at the CCA in Glasgow on the 9th of May, and a conference paper at the University of Sussex’s ‘Music and Materialities’ conference in Brighton on the 28th and 29th of June.

 

Contributed by Iain Taylor

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