Saturday, October 21, 2006
Cassettes for the Car and Walkman
My cassette collection. Definitely some history here. I don't listen to some of this music any more. Growing up and having kids changes you.
Another revelation. Since I will be needing to contact photographers anyway to obtain their permission, I figured why not ask them to go the additional step and complete a short survey to give some detail and depth to my findings. (This is beginning to sound more and more like science all the time!)
Among the many questions I am brainstorming at the moment, are those realted to the content in a persons cassette collection compared to what they listen to now. How much have people replaced the music they listened to on cassettes, with its digital equivilant on either CD or MP3? I am curious if the kinds of music we listen to would have been different had the LP or compact cassette stuck around a little bit longer, which is something else that is likely impossible to track.
But does the music become obsolete to the individual listener as time wears on and formats change? Probably "yes" for most. I bought a massive amount of music between the ages of 17 and 25. Then I cooled a bit because I was no longer watching MTV or listening to the radio (radio in NYC is beyond awful). Now, between Last.fm and iTunes browsing I've been buying more music than ever before. Am I still listening to those 17-25 purchases? Not really...just a few that I have deemed "classic". I am, however, buying and listening to more or less the same type of music.
I think I'd listen to the same kind of music regardless of the format (but all that rewinding and fast-forwarding would still annoy the heck out of me)