Getting rid of these tape cassettes is going to be a long term project.
I was a deejay at WMFO for over 13 years and during that time I recorded almost every single show. To cassette unfortunately, and the magnetic tape on the cassettes will eventually oxidize and flake away. While that’s poetic, I still would like to hold on to those shows some how. Some of the shows were great and I often had guests like musicians and poets. And each of those shows are a touchstone to who I was that particular night.
So here’s the plan: at least once a week I’m going to convert a cassette to MP3 at 320 KBPS. It’s not quite CD quality but then again, neither are the cassettes. I’ll store the shows on Dropbox until I have enough to burn to DVD. Repeat until completed.
Fortunately, the bulk of the shows are in storage in Boston. I only have to do these two boxes, which are what, only a couple hundred cassettes? And nearly all of them are unlabeled? Sigh. No wonder I’ve been putting off this particular project for the last 10 years.
At least I get to experience the pleasure of listening to shows for the past every week for the next year! Last night’s cassette, for example, had great tunes from the likes of Beck, Johnny Cash and Yma Sumac.
Do you have any cassettes laying around that you can’t bear to part with?