Monday 13 July 2020

8-track flashback

Via the always excellent Everlasting Blรถrt, we are treated to a survey of the history and technical development of high-fidelity audio equipment throughout the 1970s in this vintage Pitchfork article—not only for play-back and one’s listening pleasure and archiving but also for recording and creating compositions. Format rarities with underappreciated innovations include the synthesiser function of the Roland MC-8 Microcomposer (big in Japan), proto-iPods aside from the Walkman and the rise of commercial digital recording, with artists like Stevie Wonder pioneering the new media with his musical accompaniment through “The Secret Life of Plants.”