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Rediscovering My 1980s Mixtapes

CUT SIX Mixtape CoverThis morning with a tweet from Luke Dorny I was reminded of the many mixtapes I created in the mid-1980s and early 1990s.

Many of my friends from Milwaukee moved away to college, so I created mixtapes of new wave music for them to listen to on cassette tapes. That's right, cassette tapes.

Making the Mix

I would spend hours listening to Milwaukee's 91.7 FM WMSE, our local college radio station, capturing great music on my cassette deck.

There were no downloads, Pandora, LastFM, iTunes or Amazon MP3 available for creating music mixes. It was a matter of hours of listening, the luck of catching a great tune and plenty of re-taping.

Typically, I would create a master tape on a high quality cassette, making copies for friends from the master.

Of course, being a designer, I would always create a tape cover to complete the package, which was as much fun as capturing and building the music on the tape.

I've been slowly converting my old tapes to MP3s and thought it would be fun to share them. I hope you enjoy these two flashback mixtapes from the mid-eighties!

CUT Mixtape TWO - 1986

Download: 183MB MP3

CUT Mixtape SIX - 1987

Download: 185MB MP3

(Note: CUT SIX starts about 50 seconds into playing)

Reader Comments (7)

I've got some old air check tapes from when I was on WMSE back in the early 90's (my reign was from 1991 to 1995). I should record them to MP3 for you (if I could just find a tape deck I can hook up to this computer...)
November 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDerek
I would LOVE to hear those tapes! I have a nice Yamaha deck here if you want to try conversion...
November 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
This is freaking awesome!
November 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwmseryan
downloading the mp3s am sure its awesome. it reminded me of recording on cassettes when i was a kid.. well yeah i was born when you made these tapes.. :P but it was fun recording random things on cassettes may it be myself talking like a retard or like some famous personality..
November 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRohan Saraf
I used to record new wave and punk show mixed tapes broadcast from UCSB's KCSB in the late 80'sand early 90's! That music defined me growing up when all there was on the radio was hair rock and pop. It's so different now!
November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Grunt

Nice photo!

July 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVonster

Thanks! We had fun with that. :-)

July 19, 2011 | Registered CommenterMike Rohde

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