Tellus Audio Casseette Magazine

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Overview

Tellus Audio Cassette Magazine (1983-1993) documented and promoted New York experimental art, music, poetry, and drama. Each "issue" was an audio cassette tape, available only by subscription.

Significance

Each episode of the magazine was a cassette tape, available only by subscription.
Contents of each issue well focused, researched, and curated.

Background

Tellus Audio Cassette Magazine used the popular audio cassette media to document and promote the New York downtown experimental music, audio art, poetry, drama, and performance in lofts, basements, etc. as opposed to the more conventional and established uptown venues. Each biomonthly issue was available only by subscription. The contents of each issue were tightly focused, well researched, and aptly curated. They illustrate how sound might create and carry narrative.

Connections

MusicWorks Journal
January 1978-present
Companion cassette tapes began with issue #23

ROIR (Reach Out International Records)
1981 (same year as introduction of Sony Walkman
Cassette only releases of various musical styles

Master Cactus Audio Cassette Magazine
Dedicated to audio experimentation on tape. Examples include field recordings, sound collage, interviews, articles, found sound, improvisations, conversations, monologues, noise, radio shows, performance art, characters, dramatic readings, comedic readings, psychic readings, theatrical excerpts, poetry, short stories. Learn more.

Resources

Tellus cassettography at the Ubuweb website.

Episodes

Totals

Total episodes: 27
Surviving episodes: 27

Timeline

1983-1993
Mailed subscriptions

Exemplary Episodes
  • Episode 5-6

    Bird Calls
    Episode 5-6, 6 1984
    Louise Lawler
    Special Double Audio Visual issue

  • Episode 8

    Groove
    Episode 8, 1985
    Christian Marclay
    USA/Germany issue

  • Episode 10

    The Bridge
    Episode 10, 1985
    Lee Ranaldo
    All Guitars! issue

  • Episode 11

    Cityphony
    Episode 11, 1985
    Barrett Golding
    The Sound of Radio issue
    Golding's voiceover provides introductions to various sounds one might hear in a large city. An early 8-bit videogame-like soundtrack, this pop-infused soundscape ties the several sound samples together and seems to imply progression through the aurally imagined aspects of the city.

  • Episode 24

    Nivea Cream Piece
    Episode 24, 1990
    Allson Knowles
    FluxTellus issue
    As performed, the first performer comes on stage with a jar of Nivea cream. The performer massages hands in front of the microphone. Other performers enter one at the time. They make a mass of massaging hands and leave one at a time following the first performer.