Reid made a portable cassette tape player one of my favorite instruments! By adding a control for the motor speed and a button to bypass he made the player awesome. When he put a homemade looping cassette tape in the player, I knew what needed to be done...
A cassette tape looping station!
There are 8 cassette tape players, each hacked to control motor speed. The change of the speed relatively changes the pitch and length of the loop playing.
2 Important notes on the tape players (one player overlaps):
- 5 players have AM/FM radio capability
--- with the radio one can
----- play the radio
----- record and loop bits of transmissions
----- transmit ones own radio signals to the audio out
- 4 players have recording capabiliy using a mic or line in
--- recording allows for an eveolution of sound in a live performance
--- tapes can be recorded and switched to non-recording players
The typewriter case design is to keep all of them secured in one place, but to be able to take them out when necessary. It also makes the set-up easy to transport. The black case is upholstered with a design to compliment the function. Some of the patterns repeat, but they are moving in different directions. Some of the colors are complimentary, and some are vivid contrasts. The big design on the bottom right of the lid is reminiscent of the analog world; a fitting visual for an analog machine competing with digital design.
Other Points of Interest
-The tape players are in place using hardcore velcro, making them stable, but still removable.
-The motor controls are attached to the case.
--- it decreases the stress on and handling of the tape players
--- the controls are more easily accesible and playable
-The tape players have alligator clips protruding from them to attach to the motor controls.
--- two players can be hooked to the same controller to match tape speed
--- other controllers can be used to vary the speeds