In a digital world, cassette players might be an obsolete device. However, Stephen Cornford reconsiders their functional potential with his installation titled “Binatone Galaxy.” The Oxford-based media artist replaced the recorded content of the audio tapes with microphones instead. Users are able to listen to the “rhythmic and resonant properties of these once ubiquituous plastic shells.”
The project involves a dozen cassete players hanging on a wall and they simultaneously play the modified tape, which is connected to lo-fi microphones. The end result is symphony of percussion sounds involving taps and screeches. Conford explains that:
Binatone Galaxy brings the framework within which a generation purchased their favorite records to the center of attention, revealing the acoustics and the cassette and the voices of the machines themselves.
Have a listen to the installation in the video below.