Bowie’s Berlin period music remains influential. Philip Glass has re-imagined them and now Jazz drummer Dylan Howe has used some of these tracks as the basis of some Jazz re-imaginings.
As the music industry endlessly remasters its classic analogue recorded catalogue it sometimes finds that the master tapes of some classic albums are literally falling apart. In some cases this has been attributed to manufacturers coming under pressure to stop using whale oil in its tape formulations in the mid 70’s which was used to help bind the tape oxide particles to the tape backing. Some of the synthetic alternatives have not stood up so well to the ravages of time and the tapes are literally falling apart.
The use of whale oil was in itself brought about by the oil crisis in the early 70’s. So economics and ecology have had an impact of the long term longevity of some analogue tape masters.
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(@Greenpeace) December 02, 2014
Obvious stuff I know but the mend thing isn’t always easy in a world made of limited life throwaways and an entire economic system based on endless growth, consumption, boom and bust. Balance. It’s all about trying to get some kind of balance. I’m a womble at heart.