The zine with 10 names   Issue C5: BRITE (PATENT)

Our fifth issue has been compiled with mage tears.

mage tears is Nicole Johnson, about to enter her final year in Fine Art at Leeds Beckett University. This issue has been compiled as an assembly of mage tears sounds and images, including two exclusive new tracks on the pale pink tape, a soundtrack to my life and ghosts of you (with loveable wholes), screenprinted tote bags, pressed flowers, typed poetry and badges. It also comes with an envelope of further (art school) tape memories from myself, complete with origami rabbit and a buried photograph of The Fall tape involved in the near-miss. Thanks as always to Louise and Meg at tapeline for their brilliant service, mum for the origami and Claire C for screenprinting support.

The zine with 10 names is cantaudio064. Issue 5 made public: 1 August 2022.

MP3s of a soundtrack to my life, ghosts of you (with loveable wholes) and art school text

Issues 1-4 are the bottom of this page. There will only be 10 issues (naturally) of The zine with 10 names and only 20 copies of each with no digital version. Each issue will feature a guest collaborator, with further exciting plans afoot with Lucy + Joe, Aidan's dub, The Clifton ghosts and animals and John O'Shea meets Samuel Beckett.

Ten copies of each issue for sale, email for details.




The zine with 10 names   Issue C4: PINT BAIRN, BITTE

Our fourth issue has been compiled with Katie Strang.

Katie is a palaeontologist specialising in early Carboniferous sharks and building materials analyst for the Scottish Lime Centre Trust. Earlier this year, she toured Michael Portillo around Arthur's Seat and more recently she ran for election in West Fife & Coastal Villages.

She is also my cousin and we catch up at my dad's funeral and chat about cassettes; she tells me this great story of taking a tape to an Offspring gig and the band end up smashing it. This gets us started and of her amazing issue, she adds: "it’s about science and punk that has always addressed big issues like climate change, how a lot of punk musicians, including Dexter, have PhDs and basically how humans are destroying everything we touch."

The zine with 10 names is cantaudio064. Issue 4 made public: 23 June 2022.

Issues 1, 2 and 3 are the bottom of this page. There will only be 10 issues (naturally) of The zine with 10 names and only 20 copies of each with no digital version. Each issue will feature a guest collaborator, with further exciting plans afoot with mage tears, Lucy + Joe, Aidan's dub, The Clifton ghosts and John O'Shea meets Samuel Beckett.

Ten copies of each issue for sale, email for details.

Each issue C4 (PINT BAIRN, BITTE) includes an Offspring cassette with crinoids* carefully inserted, an x-ray from a punk gig incident, copies of maps that have been kept in dried coal for a month and then buried, old cassette sleeves (also buried) and stickers from the always brilliant News From Nowhere Radical Bookshop in Liverpool. *Crinoids are an ancient fossil group that first appeared in the seas of the mid Cambrian, about 300 million years before dinosaurs.

With thanks to Tom, Rick and mum for the crinoid solution.

With thanks to Tom, Rick and mum for the crinoid solution.




The zine with 10 names   Issue C3: BRAIN TAB

Our third issue has been compiled with Dave Henderson.

In May 1983 Dave Henderson publishes Wild Planet, a A-Z of difficult music in Sounds. I am 15 at the time of the first article and desperately craving new music - unheard music, underground music, obscure non-commercial music - and back then, that means tapes.

The Wild Planet writings seduce me to send off for tiny-worded badly-photocopied sheets of obscure tapes. I scour these concise (pre-Twitter) often over-reaching poetic descriptions, make a choice and send off a Postal Order and SAE. I keep a few of the sheets - BBP Records and Tapes, Rebellious Nature Cassettes, Music For MXXXXXs, David 14, Years On Earth Tapes etc. There are bootlegs too, from The Fall (Chaos Tapes), Joy Division and the whole ROIR collection, New York’s cassette-only label launched in 1981 and extraordinary releases by New York Dolls, Einstürzende Neubauten, Suicide, Yellowman, Bad Brains and Nico.

Today we are thinking about re-wilding our planet in other respects. Wild is the untamed, uncentralised, unvanillacised. Perhaps we have lost (the need to) anticipate – except for live events - and with it, a little bit of the need to imagine stuff before we swallow it all up and move on feverishly to the next bite...

The zine with 10 names is cantaudio064.Issue 3 made public: 23 May 2022.

Issues 1 and 2 are the bottom of this page. There will only be 10 issues (naturally) of The zine with 10 names and only 20 copies of each with no digital version. Each issue will feature a guest collaborator, with further exciting plans afoot (including smashed Offspring tapes and maybe some rocks).

Ten copies of each issue for sale, email for details.

Issue C3 (BRAIN TAB) includes:
A6 card sleeve
Coloured C60 cassette with original Wild Planet bands, including Throbbing Gristle, 400 Blows, Portion Control, Smersh, Muslimgauze and Coil.
Various A6 artefacts, cuttings, copies, zines, playing cards and stickers
Colour photographs from early days of cassette collecting

With thanks to Ricky Adam (photography).




The zine with 10 names   Issue C2: TIP-TAP

Our second issue has been compiled with Michael Ridge as further celebration of cassette projects, objects, quirks and sounds. First noticing the consistency of Michael's works on Instagram, it is clear that sensibilities overlap. Based down in Norwich, he carefully (scientifically?) unscrews, freezes, crushes and re/builds tapes that often contain the very sounds or objects that create the sounds captured on the every tapes, often loops, that are ... you get the idea; the whole practice feels like a joyous home-made compilation with Robert Morris' Box with the Sound of Its Own Making (1961) on Side A whilst Henri Van Herwegen (Panamarenko) dismantles Side B in his workshop.

For Issue 2 (entitled TIP-TAP), Michael has looped, bowed, mapped and, without wanting to give too much away, let's say ... exhumed for/on tape.

The zine with 10 names is cantaudio064. Issue made public: 23 April 2022.

A reminder of Issue 1 is at the bottom of this page. There will only be 10 issues (naturally) of The zine with 10 names and only 20 copies of each with no digital version. Each issue will feature a guest collaborator, with further exciting plans (including Wild Planet compilations, smashed Offspring tapes and maybe some rocks) in development with Dave Henderson and Katie Strang.

Ten copies of each issue for sale, email for details.

Issue C2 (TIP-TAP) includes:
A6 card sleeve
See through C90 cassette shell with loop of composition made by playing bow along mic'd up willow twig (also enclosed), held inside vacuum formed casing
Bottle with fragment of ______ _____/____ found near Norwich Cathedral with small loop of field recording made at location
A6 email sheet (buried for two February days) with map of above location
Photographs of Michael's working set-up
Silver prints of Michael's project plans
A6 zine with images from Michael's previous works with text on my early days of cassette collecting (eg tape libraries)
35mm slide with digital printed image of willow twig cassette, housed in black envelope
Colour photographs from early days of cassette collecting

With thanks to Tom Rodgers, Trish Hewitt, Dan and Dan and all the 3D Workshop team at Leeds Beckett University, Ricky Adam (photography).




The zine with 10 names   Issue C1: TA TA

Why not? Following on from our ZERO PLAN exercise (adventure), we celebrate cassette projects in all their magnetic glory, beginning with PRODUCTION LINE by Static, Sam Wiehl and Clinic that was covered as TAPE BRITAIN ... (it's not meant to make sense, yet, just be patient with us).

The zine with 10 names is cantaudio064. Issue made public: 23 March 2022.

There will only be 10 issues (naturally) of The zine with 10 names and only 20 copies of each with no digital version. Each issue will feature a guest collaborator, with exciting plans (including vacuum forming, twig loops, bottled bones, Wild Planet compilations, smashed Offspring tapes and maybe some rocks) in development with Michael Ridge, Dave Henderson and Katie Strang.

Ten copies of each issue for sale, email for details.

Issue C1 (TA TA) includes:
A6 card sleeve
C10 engraved grey cassette with excerpts from TAPE BRITAIN, PRODUCTION LINE and a chat about the project in Static
A6 email sheet
Tracing paper prints of very early PRODUCTION LINE schematics and plans
DIY wooden cassette case with instructions and cut-out ‘1’
Shrunken cassette inlay with images from lengthways splicing
Black envelope with lengthways tape fragment and TAPE BRITAIN patch
Colour photographs from TAPE BRITAIN
A2 graphic history of the projects

With thanks to Paul, Sam, Tom Rodgers, Trish Hewitt, Dan and Dan and all the 3D Workshop team at Leeds Beckett University, Ricky Adam (photography).

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