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The International Refuse Collection

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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      £3 GBP




The International Refuse Collection features field recordings of refuse collection in Taiwan and the UK.

Most of the compact audio cassette tapes that have been produced since the format was introduced in 1963 are either already in, or shortly destined for, landfill. To enjoy this cassette at it best play once and then dispose of promptly and safely.

The International Refuse Collection 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.


released October 14, 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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