Saturday, June 20, 2009

BORING excuses

Many of the people whom I have invited to participate in Dictaphonia send a similar, lame reply:

First, complaining about the "rules" and guidelines.
My guidelines are why my compilations rule. :)
But they can be summed up in one sentence:
"Dude, send me a recording on microcassette, not longer than 3 minutes".

Second, many people complain that they don't own a microcassette recorder.
The proper reply to give me is: "Hal, I do not own a microcassette recorder, but I will purchase one".
They can be purchased on eBay for just a few dollars! In fact, Olympus, the originator of the microcassette, is selling new J-300 microcassette recorders for a starting bid of $0.99! I saw one sell last night for $3.52 (plus $4.95 shipping).
Many people have written to me telling me that they are buying a microcassette recorder so that they can participate in Dictaphonia.

Or, third, I get the reply that "I am too busy with other projects right now".
Yeah BUT how many microcassette compilations have you been on?!
Dictaphonia is an ongoing project. If you don't have time for it now, send something when you do.

For those who are interested in contributing to the Dictaphonia Microcassette Compilation Project, I am still accepting recordings. You can find submission guidelines here


  1. People complain? That's hilarious. That's like getting mad about a spam email you have to delete. Uh, just don't contribute a track if you don't want to. Or better, do.

    Thanks for having me on #2.


  2. When I was invited to participate, I asked myself "how many microcassette compilations have I ever been invited to ... ever?!" and took a look at eBay for a recorder. I got into a bidding war over a deck - the first bid was 99 cents and it went all the way up to $1.25 (+ $3 in shipping) and it came with 6 tapes! Making the contribution tape must've taken all of 15 minutes too! and most of that time was fixing a cup of coffee.

  3. I don't own a microcassette recorder myself, but I was lucky to borrow it from my friend, just to record three minutes of noise and send my contribution to States. I've already received my copy, it looks great and despite being unable to listen to it on my stereo, I still find it a very unique piece of my collection, definitely worth putting some effort in it :)