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Crazy Eights

I've been periodically sorting through old boxes of stuff, trying to see what might be worth keeping and what should be ditched.  Some things I keep against my better judgment (my Sharp EL-5500II, a scientific calculator and computer that could be programmed in BASIC.  All you can really program it to practically do are complex math equations, and then only one at a time, any modern sci calc runs rings around it.  And yet, I actually spent $10 on new batteries for it, and I don't know why...).  And some things just make me wonder.

The box i've been slowly burrowing my way through is full of vintage cassette tapes from when I was growing up.  Holy crap, I actually bought the Beat Street soundtrack?!?  What, was the Breakin' soundtrack sold out that day?!?  Here's some cassettes of stand up comedy I recorded off the TV.  And....

...I actually two blank 8 track tapes?

I haven't had an 8 track recorder in YEARS (dad had bought a new one and thrown the old one out.  I fished it out of the garbage can and hid it in my room).  These are two forty minute cartridges, still in the shrinkwrap.

Part of me wants to put the music tracks for Lightning Strike, the computer game I made and did the music for, on them, just so I can offer them for sale at conventions and enjoy the looks of utter confusion on people's faces.  I mean, most people will probably ignore it, but Paul Sizer would probably get a kick out of it.  Then again, I have no way to record on the things, let alone play them back.  What's more, the music for the game is only about twelve minutes total and, frankly, wasn't my best composing.  It works as background music because there is so much going on in the game (it's a bullet hell shooter), you don't notice how doggerel it is.  Listen to it without distraction and you'll turn it off after about thirty seconds because you will have gotten the point.

Unless the goal is just to make a phony 8 track tape, in which case, all I need is the label.  I can make one of Head Rush, the ska band I was going to start about ten years ago before giving up because I couldn't play an instrument, let alone the one I really wanted to play in a ska band (bass).

I think this is one time I should just throw it out, let the past go.  There's no going back to 8 tracks.  I mean, good luck finding players nowadays except for eBay.  And why go to something severely outpaced by regular cassettes even when the format was young, CD's, or MP3/Ogg players?

Although I think it would be funny to see my computer game available on CD while the soundtrack itself is on 8 track.


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Feb. 20th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
Wow, blank 8 tracks still in the shrink-wrap? There's real 70's air in there!

A small potatoes record label I was involved with actually put out a Chicago punk compilation on LP, CD and 8 track, back in, umm 1996 I think it was. We didn't have any blank 8tracks so we erased stuff we had and recorded over it, then put on our own labels, I think we made about 12 of them =D. there's still one of them in my living room today!
Feb. 21st, 2011 03:21 am (UTC)
Believe it or not, I think that sounds really cool to have. It's interesting when you make your own memories, isn't it?
Feb. 21st, 2011 03:23 am (UTC)
Wow, they actually had blank 8-track tapes? Didn't know that!
Feb. 21st, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)
Oh, my goodness, yes. It's just magnetic media. The problem was you had to time it just right so that, when the blank spot that switched tracks hit, it didn't interrupt the music. Compared to compact cassettes, it was just more trouble than it was worth.
Feb. 21st, 2011 03:41 am (UTC)
That was the problem with 8-track discs. As a kid, I almost thought that the songs were meant to be like that!
Feb. 21st, 2011 03:58 am (UTC)
Voice Of Experience Here
You weren't the only one thinking that!
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