Connection Cassette Compilation #2 was originally released in May 2012. The original version of this compilation (still available) was issued on cassette. All contributors received a copy of the compilation on the same cassette on which they sent their contribution.
As much as possible, this cassette compilation project has been done in the original spirit of the 1980s cassette art scene.
The audio versions here were taken directly from the original contributor tapes and are higher sound quality than on the cassette copies that were issued, because there is not two generation loss in sound from contributor copy to cassette master to distributed copy. Be sure to download the full size album artwork and print your own cover. The cover artwork layout is a collage of bits and pieces and scraps from the contributor packages and letters.
Side A of the C90 cassette, tracks 1-11
Side B, tracks 12-23
On March 26, 2012 I made this announcement:
Connection Cassette Compilation Project - 2012
an international compilation project produced by Hal McGee
Any and all styles are welcome! Anyone and everyone anywhere and everywhere welcome to participate!
Your audio cassette track must be 5 minutes maximum, minimum 1 minute
Send one track on a 90 minute cassette (C95 maximum)
- must come inside a hard shell cassette case
- High Bias or Normal Bias - no METAL cassette
- do not use Noise Reduction (Dolby, DBX, etc.)
Your 90 minute tape will be used to dub your free contributor's copy of the compilation volume which contains your track.
mail your cassette to:
4230 SW 20th Lane
Gainesville, FL 32607
In your package
include a piece of paper that states
email address in case I need to contact you for a question or problem
--- also, please clearly print your postal address so that I can send your copy of the compilation to you!
Project deadline will be September 1, 2012
Your track should be exclusive and appear only on this project.
THIS IS A HOMEMADE PRODUCT!
I will release a 90 minute compilation volume every time I receive enough tracks to fill up a 90 minute tape!
Copies will be dubbed in real time on high quality Tascam cassette decks.
Cassette covers will be color photocopy.
Each individual person may contribute to the project twice during the course of the project, under different project names. Each contribution must be on a separate cassette. Each individual may appear only once on any compilation volume.
Questions, comments or problems - send an email to haltapes at gmail dot com
Track Name: Hal McGee and Mark McGee (USA) - Beatnik Bongo Poem for Connection
I’m a beatnik poet
and I declaim poems
accompanied by a bongo player
I need a new poem
for my track...
on the Connection Cassette Compilation Project
...and the words that you use here
in our virtual coffeehouse cafe
will be the words that I use
in the new poem
where’s the coffee?!
I’m a bongo Cassette Project player,
beatnik poet and coffeehouse poems
Connection accompanied by a declamation
I need a new poem
for my “virtual I” on the words
and the track that you use here
in our words
will be the cafe Compilation
in the new poem that I use
I’m a beatko bongnik
beset by companies
i need new bones
and the words we use
in our cursory valise
will be the words i use
and in chrome
i’m a beatnik poet. fuck my life.
whirring noise of
beckoning through snail-mail
and we agree.
we contract to contact?
of a noisy kind
in this abstract space
the treacherous brainwaves
wrapping in noise
the skies of consciousness
barren wasteland of telephone wires,
and Slaytanic lodges,
seekers seek to contact,
a man breathes into a microphone,
a woman screams into the depths of loathing,
and endlessly freaked out,
the naked dance assumes no responsibility for guerilla madness
Hey wait a minute,
yes, just a minute,
actually not more than a minute,
for the gorram poem
of the gorram beatnik
with a bongo player.
The gorram assette
of the gorram cassette
in the virtual cafe
is the place
for the compilation project
of the gorram coffeehouse.
Go declaim the words
of the new poem
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