30 gigabytes of lost cassettes from the ’80s underground.

The Internet Archive has thirty gigabytes of cassettes from the ’80s for your delight and horror, from the collection of CKLN-FM host Myke Dyer. The collection was first put on line in 2009 as the NOISE-ARCH archive, and was made available on archive.org late last year. Curated collection, raw archive.

This collection is a compilation of underground/independently-released cassette tapes from the days when the audio cassette was the standard method of music sharing… generally the mid-eighties through early-nineties. The material represented includes tape experimentation, industrial, avant-garde, indy, rock, diy, subvertainment and auto-hypnotic materials. Much of this material defies category, and has therefore not been given one.

The bulk of the tapes in this library were donated to the project by former CKLN FM radio host Myke Dyer in August of 2009. The original NOISE-ARCH site was hosted and maintained by Graham Stewart and Mark Lougheed.

Of course most of it’s terrible. That’s not the point.

HEY, OLD PEOPLE: if you have a box of tapes like this, GET THEM RIPPED AND UP. I will help you if needed.

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