140 Ways to Make a Cassette Unlistenable (2006)

A former tenant of my wife’s was a noise musician who left crates of cassettes behind when he moved out years earlier. Instead of simply tossing or donating them, I came up with as many interesting ways to not necessarily destroy them, but make them unlistenable. The idea came from the content of the tapes, a lot of which was esoteric and would already be “unlistenable” to many. The list was made in collaboration with artist Alex Rosmarin. I executed and documented about half of the list’s items.

“140 Ways to Destroy a…”

“140 Ways to Make a Cassette Unlistenable” installation view

“140 Ways to Make a Cassette Unlistenable” installation view

“140 Ways to Make a Cassette Unlistenable” installation view

“140 Ways to Make a Cassette Unlistenable” installation view

Empty Tape

“Duct Tape”

“Freeze”

“Hammer”

“Impale”

“Leave on Dashboard”

“Mold”

“Prybar”

“Mouse Trap”

“Nails”

“Record Barbra Streisand On It”

“Throw in Trash”

“Smash”

“Staple Bight”

“Unspool”

Send Into Orbit / Send Into Black Hole