People still use a tape why

The return of the cassette

When Roland Wilhelm and Sebastian Ingenhoff appear together as Camp Inc., it feels like a journey back in time to the 80s. Instead of a computer, the two electrical producers use a small machine park, as they say themselves: a baseline, a drum machine and a sampler. Then they perform their 45-minute electro set. Nothing is pre-produced. The sound is created live with every performance. It is this unpredictability that Roland Wilhelm likes.

"More or less the same sound always comes from the computer. But the devices, they often have no memory, they sound like the buttons are currently set. You can never reproduce the sound exactly. Every gig just sounds different."

This is also due to the old mixer that Roland Wilhelm bought at the flea market for eight euros. The original device from the eighties supports the dirty sound that Camp Inc. attaches great importance to, explains Sebastian Ingenhoff.

"I find dance records that sound clinical, really terrible. For a long time they sounded very similar if you've listened to modern dance records. Especially with many young producers, this counter-trend is now recognizable that you just get such broken sounds again would like to use and also incorporate errors or allow errors. "

You can't listen to such a sound on CD. Roland Wilhelm still regularly uses a cassette recorder at home. He uses it to transfer records for his Walkman. He had been planning to found a cassette label for a long time.

"At some point I heard about cassette labels, which really fascinated me, and I've always wanted to make one myself, but never knew which music to put on it. When Sebastian and I developed our live set the idea came up relatively quickly to release our live set as the first cassette on our cassette label. "

The trend of cassette or tape labels originated in the USA. There they were especially widespread in the punk and hardcore scene. In the past few years, cassettes have also caught on in other areas of music. Some record stores now have their own shelves for cassettes again. The spectrum ranges from ambient to rock to electronic dance music.

It has little to do with retro. Rather, the focus is on a do-it-youself culture. Cassettes are a cheap way to release your own music. That was a reason for Camp Inc. too. In addition, cassettes have other advantages over CD and vinyl, says Sebastian Ingenhoff.

"The format is really exciting. So we have the idea at Camp Magnetics to specify a game length that results from the cassette. That means that every release we make is 45 minutes long."

Just like on their live set. They recorded it at their first appearance in the Cologne alternative location "Baustelle Kalk". So also the title of the album. They then had the cassette dubbed fifty times in a copier. The cover was designed by an artist friend. They sold the cassettes on their homepage and in Cologne record stores.

"When we had the idea to start this, all of our friends said we were crazy and said how do you want to get rid of that shit. But you can actually say that the first edition was gone after a week, which we ourselves even didn't expect it. It's not as sneaky as you think. "

A bit of nostalgia is of course included. Roland Wilhelm admits that with a wink.

"It's just a thing for lovers. The people who want to listen to cassettes also have a cassette recorder. Everyone else just has to buy one."