Space Music Mixtape - collage & cassette on panel, 12" x 9"
The titular mixtape in this composition came to me many moons ago as a donation to our local library book sale operation. This tape intrigued me because all of the actual tape has been removed, and the plastic 'window' in the middle has had a hole melted in it, thereby rendering it soundless (and essentially useless), yet somebody obviously held on to it anyway, and it made it all the way to the donation bin from which I rescued it. I didn't know what to do with it (other than display it as a conversation piece), but I couldn't just throw away an object that had survived such trauma this long.
The label on the cassette, in case you can't read it, says "Side One of whatever you want to call it," a pitch-perfect mixtape label if you ask me. The list of songs scrawled on the other side of the tape case, which is glued down, is mostly indecipherable, not that the lost musical content matters now that I've ensured we'll never know what it was.
I see this mixtape as Cageian, insofar as the only sound you'll get out of it now is whatever ambient auditory phenomenon you might perceive upon viewing it. This conception of the cassette led me to believe that "Space Music Mixtape" might be an appropriate title were I to incorporate it into an artwork. The Cageian notion seems a bit high-falutin' for a modest hunk of art, though, so I decided to go the other way and provide a deadpan, literal context for the mixtape by slapping down some space and some music on the surface, et voila: Space Music Mixtape. Having made it, I then gave it to my good friend, Murph, an acknowledged Master of the Mixtape, because I knew he would fully appreciate its implications, which he does.
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