On Thursday, March 20, I will be speaking at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in Indianapolis.
Thursday, 4:45–6:00 p.m. | JW Marriott, Grand Ballroom V, Third Floor
The Mixtape Museum: Preserving Analog in a Digital Era
The Mixtape Museum (MXM) is an archive project dedicated to advancing public understanding and appreciation of the art, history, and technique of the mixtape, as well as the impact mixtapes have made around the world. The MXM encourages research of mixtapes as records of time, place, and situation and of the individuals that have helped to shape their existence.
The introduction of analog recording media, i.e. compact cassettes, made it possible to store and duplicate music, but also to interact with music. The MXM aims to uncover how DJs used this medium to change the landscape of the music industry. Little research has been specifically devoted to the intellectual history of these DJ-produced recordings and their artifactual qualities and many of these analog recordings are deteriorating and must be reformatted to ensure their existence for study and pleasure.
In this session, Sommer, founder of MXM will take the listener through her journey to encourage the use of these recordings to document history and to achieve systematic preservation in the DJ community.