An Open Letter from DJ Afrika Bambaataa (August 15, 2006)

PEACE AND BLESSINGS TO All of Our Family of Warriors, Thinkers and Leaders: Hope your are in the best of Health and your families. I was sent your e-mail by the Zulu-staff .… Continue reading

Vintage Ad: Roberts is Now Available in a Stereo Playback Model

Today’s Future Sounds

Today’s Future Sound uses music production and media arts as vehicles through which to empower youth as artists and community members while fostering their well-being as individuals. Co-founder and director, Dr. Elliot Gann,… Continue reading

Happy Holidays from MXM


  This is your online resource for exploring various topics related to mixtapes; it contains books, articles, glossaries, multimedia and much more. Content is frequently added to this area, so check back for… Continue reading


Cassette from My Ex

An art form combining the skills of a DJ with the intimacy of a letter, a good mixtape was the ultimate audio valentine. Today, when the iPod and playlists reign supreme, the cassette… Continue reading

The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness

Taking its title from Danger Mouse’s pioneering mashup of Jay-Z’s The Black Album and the Beatles’ The White Album, this encyclopedic book combines essay, cultural criticism, and lyrical chorus to illustrate the African… Continue reading

Cassette Culture: Popular Music and Technology in North India

Cassette Culture: Popular Music and Technology in North India by: Peter Manuel Format: Paperback – 302 pages ISBN: 0226504018 Publisher: University of Chicago Press (1993) “In Cassette Culture, Peter Manuel tells how a… Continue reading

The Mixtape as Emancipatory Journalism

I Mix What I Like!: A Mixtape Manifesto by Jared A. Ball Format: Paperback ISBN: 1849350574 Publisher: AK Press “This is Dr. Jared A. Ball’s first book. He is the father of two… Continue reading

Dead Media Research Studio

New York University Dead Media Research Studio Fall 2011 Dr. Finn Brunton Description: This course is devoted to media archaeology, that is, historical research into forgotten, obsolete, neglected or otherwise dead media technologies.… Continue reading


DJ noun  \ˈdē-ˌjā\ : Disc Jockey. A disc jockey, also known as DJ, is a person who selects and plays recorded music for an audience. Our friends at the The Periodic Table of… Continue reading

compact cassette

com·pact cas·sette noun \kəm-ˈpakt  kə-ˈset\ Also known as audio cassette, cassette tape, cassette, tape, or abbreviated as c-cassette. The compact cassette is a magnetic tape sound recording format. Incased in plastic, it contains a spool… Continue reading

mix tape

mix·tape noun \ˈmiks-ˌtāp\ :Traditionally recorded on to a compact cassette, a mixtape or mix tape is a compilation of songs from various sources arranged in a specific order.

Dr. John Spruill

This is yet another issue that plagues us. There are things on some of these cassettes that only we have, and it desperately needs to be preserved. I still have BOXES upon BOXES… Continue reading

Mix tape: The Art of Cassette Culture edited by Thurston Moore

Mix tape: The Art of Cassette Culture edited by Thurston Moore Format: Hardcover (96 pages) ISBN: 10:0789311992 Publisher: Universe (May 3, 2005) This book is a collage of stories and images, or as … Continue reading


If typography is the art or process of printing with type. What is TAPEOGRAPHY? Tapeography is the term given by Turkish designer, Ersinhan Ersin to his series of typeface and images made from… Continue reading