Expanding my physical music collection.
Posted: Posted June 1st, 2017 by nullfather
Recently, I decided to start expanding my physical music collection again. Previously, I had bought a few vinyls, and that was neat, but it didn't really click with me. However, I started looking into my options again and I've discovered something much better:
Being into the extreme metal subculture like I am, I don't know why this hadn't occurred to me yet. But it's perfect for my purposes.
1. They're cheaper than vinyl.
2. They're almost always done in smaller runs than vinyls.
3. They're easier to transport, handle and store.
4. The murkiness and hissing of tape is better for the sound of metal than vinyl crackling.
5. Due to having a different aspect ratio than CDs/vinyl, it's very probable that they have different cover art. It's also common for them to have exclusive art inside.
6. Culturally, they're just much more relevant to the extreme metal scene than vinyl.
They definitely are more transient than vinyl, with a life expectancy of about 30 years. However, I am primarily investing in them as a cultural statement - having the tape itself, the exclusive artwork, etc. as a link to that subculture is what matters to me most. All of these albums have digital versions that I listen to and I eventually want to rip the tape versions to preserve the more unique tape audio. As far as keeping the tape itself listenable, it's not my top priority. I obviously want to keep them in as good of a condition as I can, so I won't be throwing them around or leaving them in hot cars, but the transient nature of the tape is not a large problem for me.
So, after determining these things, I've started ordering tapes from all over the place. Here's what I have so far: https://imgur.com/a/wXGtB
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