My 1986 track Take a Walk Down the Street from the album Electro Punk ’86 is featured on the fascinating book & 2 CD release Cassette Culture – Homemade Music and the Creative Spirit in the Pre-Internet-Age by Jerry Kranitz from Vinyl On Demand Records. This is an intensive 320 page book written by Jerry Kranitz including a double CD loaded with almost 160 minutes of Cassette-Culture/DIY Artists.
“The book takes a social history/analytical approach to the growth of the global cassette culture/homemade music network that sprouted and flourished from the post-punk era through the early 1990s. The author explores how the participants communicated, traded, collaborated, and set up cottage industry labels to distribute their work. A long overdue study of this pivotal yet less than comprehensively documented chapter in the post-punk and 20th century independent arts movement stories.”
Recorded on Scotch cassette tape, ‘Electro Punk ’86’ is the product of a wild imagination and access to Yeovil College’s music department studio equipment at the time, namely a tape machine, a Yamaha DX7 keyboard and a 70s beatbox/drum machine that kicked out a series of pre-set beats and rhythms. I blogged about the process surrounding the cassette tape transfer onto digital format on The Unearthing and Restoration of Sheer Zed’s Electro Punk ’86.