The Mixtape

The mixtape celebrates the 50th anniversary of the cassette and the home sampling and mixtape culture that resulted from the formats proliferation.

Created using a 23 year old Tascam MSR-24 1″ tape machine, we blended 16 tracks together to produce this mashup:

Loops for the performance were edited, time stretched and pitch shifted using Ableton Live before being transferred to tape for the performance.

During playback, each loop can be triggered by un-muting the individual track. A particularly tricky aspect of the performance was muting the tracks again when you want them to stop. Weaving all the parts in and out of each other required a large amount of planning and we ended up devising our own score for the performance.

The Mixtape Score

The Mixtape Score for Tascam-MSR24 Tape Machine

For the video work we used a Canon 600D DSLR and three lenses.

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

For the macro shots we used the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

The Mixtape EF 50mm f1.8

The closeups were shot using the Canon EF 50mm f1.8

The Mixtape EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM

The main shot used a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM. This wide screen lens was mainly used as the camera needed to be very close to the tape machine due to space restrictions.