The original demo of ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon discovered in 2016 during a trawl of the Lennon archives by engineer Rob Stevens, who sez:
“There’s a one-inch eight-track that says nothing more on the ‘Ascot Sound’ label than John Lennon, the date, and the engineer (Phil McDonald), with DEMO on the spine. No indication of what material was on the tape. One delicate transfer to digital later, the “Imagine” demo, subsequently enhanced superbly by Paul Hicks, appears within this comprehensive set. It was true serendipity.”
Blank Tape, a documentary on the return of cassette as a leading physical format in experimental electronic music.
Writes Anton Spice:
Rather than make a film about the so-called “tape revival”, we wanted to hear from the makers themselves to understand what it is about tape that remains so attractive. It features labels like Sacred Tapes, Tesla Tapes and Astro:Dynamics, Warp distributors Bleep and producers Helm and Ekoplekz whose music has sprung the underground to find a home on PAN and Planet Mu.
Director Jonathan Chong of Dropbear recommissions 240 audio cassettes, 1700m of video tape, 108 floppy discs and an old Walkman in a stop motion video for Australian DJ Opiuo’s Quack Fat (from the album Meraki).
Unfortunately, we only caught the last few seconds, in which Mr Lowry told Seamus Martin he’d like to get hold of the tape to check its veracity, before adding:
“As far as I’m concerned all the inquiries and the investigations have been conducted. The report on the Moriarty Tribunal is two years old. It was published, it was put before the Dáil, the Government of the day. And the members of the Oireachtas sent that report to the relevant authorities. So any questions that are being asked, to be asked, in that regard would be dealt with by me, through the appropriate channels.”