IASPM International Conferences - Proceedings, Situating Popular Musics

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My first compact cassette: Home taping and music consumption in 1970s Finland
Heikki Uimonen

Last modified: 2013-01-22


The launching of compact cassettes is closely related to issues of democratization of music production and creativity in developing countries and in the post-communist Eastern Europe. On the one hand, this included increased freedom of musical expression and the emergence of new popular music, but on the other, large-scale piracy. In Western Europe and Finland, cassettes have been neglected in research, although music consuming and listening were transformed there as well by the mobility and easy usability of the new medium. This paper seeks to describe the individual and social changes in music consumption in 1970s Finland influenced by the use of the compact cassette and how the cassette served as a trailblazer to contemporary ubiquitous music culture. Special attention will be paid to home taping and possible differences from other countries in Western Europe. The questions will be answered mainly by research literature and the results of an Internet questionnaire started in April 2010 on cassette culture and music technology.

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