But while today’s mixtapes are more Spotify playlists than reams of magnetic tape, there’s still a place in our hearts for those more primitive times, which are to celebrated in a new show at Glasgow’s Good Press gallery.
The installation opening next month, entitled The History Of, will explore ‘recorded histories through sound’, according to the gallery, showing a number of strange, pretty and sometimes rather dark cassette tape cover designs.
‘Histories are interpreted in many forms, including personal, emotional, political and social to varying lengths’, says the gallery.
As such, the installation will take in a continually-changing series of cassette tapes of recorded music, sound and speech compiled and created by a selection of artists, musicians, record labels and other practitioners.
Featured artists include Comfortable on a Tightrope, Way Through, Heather Faye Kahn, Chris Day, Fritz Welch, Eye Bodega, Bruised Tongue, Nick Cash, Joe Howe and Jess Poplawski.
Throughout the exhibition, visitors are invited ‘to listen and read, as well as undertake the task of duplicating a tape of their choice’, offers Good Press gallery.
The History Of runs from 4 September – 6 October at Good Press, based in Mono, 12 King’s Court, Glasgow, G1. For more information visit www.goodpressgallery.co.uk