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CASSETTE is a feature-length documentary that celebrates the past, present, and future of an endearing musical format. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on January 28, 2012.

CASSETTE is a feature-length documentary that celebrates the past, present, and future of an endearing musical format.

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SPIN showing love here!

Hypebeast write-up!

Great shout-out from Sundance here!

Awesome write-up in Better Taste Than Sorry!

Our first write-up here! Thanks EVR!

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We're almost there gang! To say thanks for all of your generous pledges, Seth and I will be rewarding one lucky backer, chosen at random, with the amazing handmade sterling silver cassette necklace you see here, lovingly donated by KT McK! 

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A few months ago, the term cassette tape was taken out of the Oxford English Dictionary. 

It may seem ironic, then, that the cassette has experienced a quiet comeback over the last few years, as independent labels issuing tape-only releases have begun popping up around the world. 

What better excuse to take a look back at this beloved musical format?

As recorded sound continues its love affair with the downloadable, ethereal digital file, the tangible artefact is quickly becoming a thing of the past. 

Help us celebrate the A Side, the B Side, the mixtape, and the whole of cassette culture by supporting Cassette: A Documentary. We'll look at all parts of popular culture influenced by the cassette, including hip-hop and B-Boy culture, indie rock, home recording, and beyond.

We've already conducted a number of interviews in the UK, and with your support we'll be able to speak to manufacturers, musicians, and historians around the world. Along the way, we'll stop in Zimbabwe to cover the recent boom in cassette culture there.

Please support if you can, and visit cassettemovie.com for updates! Thanks!

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Extra Special thanks to Damien Jurado, David Bazan, and The Crocodiles for helping out on this project!

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Want to learn more about the cassette tape comeback? Here are a few interesting links:

Huffington Post:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/22/cassette-tapes-removal-from-dictionary_n_932107.html

BBC:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8441839.stm

CNN:

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/BUSINESS/06/07/cassette.culture.zimbabwe/index.html

And here's a TDK interview of Nas that we love:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_gyVfQeHPw

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