Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt

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"What's the use of worrying about your beard when your head's about to be taken?"

lehah made me aware of a brouhaha on the FSM Message Board regarding a some - people - should - keep - their - flapping - traps - shut post about a possible but improbable Intrada release of Harry and the Hendersons (which has been confirmed by Roger Fiegelson as not being on the release schedule for 2007) sent me off to my tape rack to have a listen to that delightful Bruce Broughton score (I have never seen the film).

Of course... I haven't listened to a cassette tape in... well... a very long time. Actually... I think I played something in the deck when I first bought it to make sure that it worked and that was just about the size of it. This is actually the first time I'm listening to an audio tape end to end since I bought my minidisc player way back in the day.

It's not really the quality that I'm noticing. In fact, the tape doesn't sound that bad really, mostly because it didn't get played terribly often and because the tape deck itself, while not a Dragon, is still pretty solid. No, what I'm really noticing is the inconvenience. I wanted to skip the Joe Cocker song that opens the album to get to the Broughton music. It's also annoying that the tape has to flip sides. Both of these things are made quite easy on this tape deck; it will fast-forward to the next (audible) track break, and it has auto-reverse. But the skip takes time to search the tape and the auto-reverse means that if side two is longer than side one, you either have to wait out the remainder or fast-forward.

I can't believe I used to live on these things. Sheesh.

Strangely enough, I don't feel that way at all about vinyl. It is a slightly different situation; finding a band on the disc is pretty easy (and more reliable than the tape FF-Search), and while playing an album on wax does require you to get up and turn the disc over, at least the changeover is immediate. Then again, there is also a certain ritual involved with listening to music on vinyl - it could only ever be done when at home - while tapes were always less formal.
Tags: audio, bruce broughton, film music
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