Music Hasn’t Killed The Compact Cassette

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  1. As you know, I was a HUGE cassette fan from the early-‘80s through the early-00s.
    Have a tub containing hundreds of mix tapes, DJ mixes, band demos and album dubs — documenting my musical journey from junior high through my early-30s — that I’ve been transferring to digital.

    I loved the cassette as a recording format, and not because of the lo-fi factor (hiss and wow/flutter). That actually never made sense to me because a type II cassette with proper recording levels and noise reduction — Dolby C was my long-time favorite — rivaled CDs in sound quality (dynamic range and signal-to-noise ratio).

    Considering the format was originally developed for dictation, they truly pushed its capabilities.


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I have strong opinions about music.

Sure, I will be happy to rattle off endless recommendations of obscure bands and point you to my meticulously curated Spotify playlists. But my sharpest opinions are reserved for the music industry.

I am intimately invested in how recording artists and bands administer their song rights, market themselves, and grow their careers. And it’s no surprise; since my first job as a teenage clerk in a mall music store I’ve managed record labels, worked in music publicity, launched a song licensing and publishing company, and spent over a decade touring the world as a major label recording artist.

Now I work primarily as a consultant for artists and labels seeking to navigate the ever-changing 21st-century music landscape. I also manage the ‘exploratory’ record label 8D Industries, publish and license a diverse song catalog with 8DSync, and sometimes find the time to create music of my own.

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