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Level Crossings

by Andy Birtwistle

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    • PDF inlay card
    • Start Here: the art of the audio cassette – a 40-page booklet featuring extended artwork and liner notes from Start Here audio cassette tape releases 1 – 7
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The Source recordings used on this cassette were made at Chilham Mill, near Canterbury, Kent, and and at the St Dunstan and St Stephen’s level crossings in Canterbury, and feature the sounds of railway level crossings. These were recorded at maximum volume on an ‘Elizabethan’ branded Philips EL 3301 cassette recorder, made in Austria in 1966, and a Hanimex 2040AV Synchrocorder, manufactured in Japan in the 1980s.

A selection of cassette tapes was used for the recordings, including vintage Athena GL 60 and Philips C60 tapes.The source recordings were then dubbed onto a new cassette at a higher level, producing further distortion, and the process repeated eight times so that each generation of the tape produced further modifications of the original sound recordings.

Level Crossings is released on the Start Here audio cassette tape label, which aims to bring discerning listeners the finest in magnetic tape based media archaeological art. The files available for digital download are taken directly from cassette copies, and include the sound of the cassette's leader tape at the beginning and end of each side.

"My neighbors (and their pets) probably still fucking hate me for playing this on the livingroom stereo, but nowhere near as much as the previous “Chewed” tape." - Jacob An Kittenplan, Cassette Gods


released October 26, 2017


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Andy Birtwistle Canterbury, UK

Andy Birtwistle is a sound artist, filmmaker and writer. He is the author of 'Cinesonica: Sounding film and video' published by Manchester University Press (2010).


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