Mixtape memories

Last week, Sophie Heawood‘s article in The Guardian on the pitfalls of streaming music and the power of the CD made the rounds online.

Having gotten rid of the clutter of all her CDs, records and tapes, she deplored that the compressed sound of streamed media left it flat and emotionless.

Listening on my laptop wasn’t so much making me think music shouldn’t take up physical space – it was making me forget the aural space that music was supposed to take up. My ears stopped expecting so much from the sound […] It’s not so much that my laptop made all other physical forms redundant, it’s that it made music so dull that I lost interest in music.

At MINTPack, we’re champions of the eco-friendly CD, so this is a feeling we can identify with well: there’s something about music as a physical object, something tangible and beautiful that you can give, share, or even destroy, that has been lost with the emergence of  downloadable music.

So we’ve gathered a few friends around to remember that most humble of musical objects: the mixtape. Remember those? The way they fit neatly in your hand, the first love you gave one to, how they’ve been gathering dust in an attic but you just can’t face throwing them away? We’ve recorded little snippets of our mixtape memories (all in super lo-fi quality that will make you feel like you’re sitting round the kitchen sink at MINTPack HQ), and would love to hear yours. Send them to us on twitter with the #mixtape hashtag.

Music used to be about…

Listening to tapes on your Sony Walkman

[audio http://audioboo.fm/boos/1441415-sony-walkman.mp3]

Collecting music from the radio

[audio http://audioboo.fm/boos/1441395-mixtapes-from-the-radio.mp3]

Listening to Tracy Chapman on holidays

[audio http://audioboo.fm/boos/1441349-mixtapes-and-travelling.mp3]

Connecting with family

[audio http://audioboo.fm/boos/1441323-mixtapes-and-family.mp3]

Totally not about picking up chicks

[audio http://audioboo.fm/boos/1441369-romance-and-mixtapes.mp3]
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