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Cassette tapes have defined a huge era in the music indus­try. Tapes were unique, and it is easy to under­stand that; espe­cially when you look at them in com­par­i­son to cur­rent dig­i­tal music devices. They are cel­e­bra­tion of mem­ory device as an object, a tape is much like a floppy disk, iconic in its era. Even home com­put­ers used to use tape as their mem­ory device. We are all went through tech­no­log­i­cal par­a­digm shift not too long ago. Now we are all play­ing music through dig­i­tal devices, like ipods, iphones which are devices for man­ag­ing data, just like tapes, but quite dif­fer­ent. Music is stored on flash a media with no mov­ing parts or visual rep­re­sen­ta­tion aside from an arti­fi­cial read­out on the screen. Flash data is buried in the player in form of tiny chips send­ing the sig­nals to speaker. Giga­bytes of music…it’s nice, con­ve­nient and exit­ing, but those tapes, man. Music was way more than data. We feel that some­thing very valu­able may be lost in the new dig­i­tal cen­tury. With tape you are con­nected visu­ally, at least with the process of music play­ing. Cas­settes are spin­ning; you see the trans­for­ma­tion between object motion and sound. I remem­ber just sit­ting and star­ing at them for a while. You flip/changed them. Stacked them on your shelf; exchanged tapes with your friends, cre­ated spe­cial art­work for tapes. We decided to cel­e­brate it, to retro­fit the arti­fact, to give ana­log tapes a new life, to frame the era in the fix­ture before they go away.

Light fix­ture was designed and fab­ri­cated in collaboration with Trans­par­ent House
If you want to find out more about the lamp and pur­chase hand made lim­ited edi­tion fixture please visit tapelamp.com

Lamp was picked by and fea­tured in design sec­tion by giz­modo
Lamp is cur­rently a part of the Museum of Sci­ence and Industry, Chicago’s 2011 Smart Home: Green + Wired exhibition