Tellus Audio Cassette Magazine (1983-1993) documented and promoted New York experimental art, music, poetry, and drama. Each "issue" was an audio cassette tape, available only by subscription.
Total episodes: 27
Surviving episodes: 27
Episode 05-66, 1984
Special Double Audio Visual issue
Episode 08, 1985
Episode 10, 1985
All Guitars! issue
Episode 11, 1985
The Sound of Radio issue
Golding's voiceover provides introductions to various sounds one might hear in a large city. An early 8-bit videogame-like soundtrack, this pop-infused soundscape ties the several sound samples together and seems to imply progression through the aurally imagined aspects of the city.
Nivea Cream Piece
Episode 24, 1990
As performed, the first performer comes on stage with a jar of Nivea cream. The performer massages hands in front of the microphone. Other performers enter one at the time. They make a mass of massaging hands and leave one at a time following the first performer.
Each episode of the magazine was a cassette tape, available only by subscription.
Contents of each issue well focused, researched, and curated.
Tellus Audio Cassette Magazine used the popular audio cassette media to document and promote the New York downtown experimental music, audio art, poetry, drama, and performance in lofts, basements, etc. as opposed to the more conventional and established uptown venues. Each biomonthly issue was available only by subscription. The contents of each issue were tightly focused, well researched, and aptly curated. They illustrate how sound might create and carry narrative.
Companion cassette tapes began with issue #23
ROIR (Reach Out International Records)
1981 (same year as introduction of Sony Walkman
Cassette only releases of various musical styles
Master Cactus Audio Cassette Magazine
Dedicated to audio experimentation on tape. Examples include field recordings, sound collage, interviews, articles, found sound, improvisations, conversations, monologues, noise, radio shows, performance art, characters, dramatic readings, comedic readings, psychic readings, theatrical excerpts, poetry, short stories. Learn more.
Tellus cassettography at the Ubuweb website.