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