Saturday, May 23, 2009

DICTAPHONIA #1 is now available

Microcassette Compilation
Volume 1 is now available

25 artists
61 minutes of sound recordings made on microcassette,
released on microcassette

this is a homemade product!

featuring simple homestyle packaging
each tape comes with a j-card cut out of a Chinese restaurant menu
with a black and white photocopy insert in a ziplock plastic bag
with collage artwork on one side
and a list of the artists and their piece titles on the other

Dictaphonia #1 will be available online on my web site for download in a few months. Get yours now in its original microcassette format.

I have created a special Dictaphonia page
at my web site

$6.00 postage paid USA and Canada
$7.00 Air Mail postage paid everywhere else
PayPal to haltapes1 @

1) Dave X
Carterville, Illinois, USA
"Keeping my hand in"
2) Su Sous Toulouse En Rouge
Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA
"brugmansia tea"
3) Kathy Burkett
Lady Lake, Florida, USA
"Dachsooka Radio Buzz"
4) Istituzioni Ambienti Naturalismo
Rome, Italy
"Nastro #13b"
5) Otolathe
Tampa, Florida, USA
DeSoto, Texas, USA
"One Dogless"
7) Mike Khoury
Livonia, Michigan, USA
"Solo Violin"
8) Black Beast Of Arrrghhh
Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA
9) Horseflesh
San Francisco, California, USA
"Hyper Flies"
10) Vagina Teeth/Jesus Teeth
Clemmons, North Carolina, USA
"The Sky and The Sea Bed"
11) William A. Davison
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
"Garbage Guitar And Objects 090410"
12) Homogenized Terrestrials
Princeton, Illinois, USA
13) Krysten Davis
Tallahassee, Florida, USA

14) Violet
Bethesda, Maryland, USA
15) Fiver's Stereo
Jacksonville, Florida, USA
"Back Woods Preacher"
16) Hal McGee
Gainesville, Florida, USA
"Inverse Square Ratio"
17) 3D-MAN
Stafford, Virginia, USA
"Untitled Guitar Solo"
18) Chefkirk
Eugene, Oregon, USA
"no-input for microcassette"
19) Ironing
Gainesville, Florida, USA
20) Concrete Violin
Houston, Texas, USA
"Distant Envelopment
(dedicated to GX Jupitter-Larsen)"
21) Jeph Jerman
Cottonwood, Arizona, USA
22) Blind Umizato
Fort Worth, Texas, USA
"Microcassette 04132009"
23) Dave Fuglewicz
Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA
"Liquid Glass"
24) Big City Orchestra
Alameda, California, USA
"Treasure For Daddy"
25) Waterdigger
Polk City and Tampa, Florida, USA
"Hal McGee Has Stipulations"


I am still accepting recordings for the Dictaphonia project. Volume Two is about two-thirds full, and I will produce a third volume as well. Top priority will go to artists who have not submitted materials yet.

Here are the guidelines and info for submitting:

Please contribute to the DICTAPHONIA Microcassette Project. Anyone can contribute any sounds of any sort!

Send a recording on a microcassette that is at least one minute in length and no longer than three minutes.

You must send your contribution on a microcassette. I will not accept submissions in any other format - no CDR, no minicassette, no standard cassette, no mp3 or WAV, etc.

Do not send more than one contribution. If your submission is longer than three minutes it will be rejected. Do not send a tape containing a recording longer than three minutes and ask me to choose three minutes for the compilation.

Your submitted microcassette should be recorded at the Standard Play (SP) speed of 2.4 centimeters per second - NOT at the Long Play (LP) speed of 1.2 centimeters per second. If your microcassette recorder has two tape speeds, choose the higher/faster one. The compilation will be mastered at the SP speed, so if you submit a microcassette that was recorded in LP speed it will sound speeded-up.

Your submission should be recorded specifically for this project and I prefer (but do not require) that you make your original recordings in the microcassette format. One of the emphases of this project is to highlight the microcassette as a unique audio art format with its own unique properties.

Participants are urged to bear in mind the particular and peculiar characteristics of the microcassette format, such as limited dynamic range (usually 400-4000Hz), low fidelity, and tape noise and hiss. Most people who hear the compilation will be listening to it on their cheap portable hand-sized microcassette machines which have a speaker that is about one inch in diameter. Also remember that there will be a two-generation loss in sound quality from your tape to the microcassette master to the copy. Your submission should be composed and created for optimized transmission under these conditions. You might want to avoid submitting a piece that contains subtle shadings, colorations, and nuances, or quiet passages.

If you do not yet own a microcassette recorder (alternatively called "dictaphone") but would like to participate in this project you can usually purchase one on eBay or at second-hand shops for a small amount. Most recorders come with a built-in microphone.

Any and all styles are welcome.

Here are a few suggestions for submissions, keywords, and possible themes:

lo fi, lo tech, minimalism, harsh noise, tape collage and cut-ups, minimal synth, micro metal, loner punk anthems, feedback modulation, erotic confessionals, spoken dream diary excerpts, kazoo solos, soliloquies, street rap, 8 bit chiptunes, recordings of street musicians, surreptitious recordings of private conversations, voice beat-boxing, circuit bent sounds, ravings of lunatics and insane people, minimal electronics, no-input mixer, pedal noise, outsider folk songs, children's and toy instruments, answering machine messages, everyday sounds, public transportation sounds, urban noise pollution, machine sounds, shitnoise, construction sounds, plunderphonics, free improvisation, broken instruments, prepared guitar, shortwave and AM radio static and tones, video and computer game sounds, spoken word whatever, beatnik bongo rave-ups, tapes of your lover or spouse cheating with someone else, doctor's consultation notes, barnyard sounds, interviews with nursing home residents, broken and skipping records, dada, fluxus, Situationism, psychogeography, assemblage, micro-dub mash-ups.

Send your microcassette to:

Hal McGee
1909 SW 42nd Way
Apt. E
Gainesville, FL

I will not return your tape to you.

Submissions will be added to the microcassette compilation masters in the order that they are received.

Each participant whose submission is used will receive one complimentary copy of the compilation, with an option to purchase additional copies at a reduced price.

When you send your submission please include a piece of paper clearly stating artist name, track title, and your postal address.

No deadline. I have received enough material for one 60-minute volume. I will continue to accept contributions and will produce a second volume, and a third.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, a real International event, just as it should be. I'm sending away today for vol.1, my money order will be sent to you along with the new Alien Planetscapes (2003) cd. Thanks, Richard Orlando