UPDATE: The event was a huge success and tons of fun! Check out photos of the event on Flickr. We received 24 mixtapes and are uploading scans of artwork and information on our Internet Archive page. If you would like to listen to any of the mixtapes, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You spent hours making and listening to them: we want to take a few hours to respect and document that effort! Bring in your old audio cassette mixtapes and we will photograph them and their artwork, document their song list, and hear about what each meant to you. We will even provide opportunities for free digitization! These tapes were created by and for individuals, but when viewed through a larger lens, they provide a record of trends in remix culture, regionalism, and mood of the era. Don’t have your mixtapes anymore, or never made one? Stop by anyway: we’ll have some classic mixtape technology to play around with, and of course there’s always great food and drinks at Blue Pit BBQ (we’ll be upstairs–and Happy Hour lasts all night)!
foundscapes aims to map the cultural zeitgeist of the early 1970s through the late 1990s by collecting, preserving, and analyzing mixtapes.
MARMIA (Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive) is dedicated to the preservation and access of the Middle Atlantic’s moving images and recorded sounds.