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Iconic Album Covers Recreated On Cassette Tapes

Much as we like to champion the creative potential of technology on this here blog, the reality of the hyper-paced world we live in means that technologies become obsolete just as quickly as they make their ascent into the popular zeitgeist. It’s this rapid extinction rate that prompted science fiction writer and futurist Bruce Sterling to start the Dead Media Project in 1995 to chronicle the myriad obsolete and forgotten communication technologies that are added to the scrap heap each year. Remember VHS tapes? Walkmans? Land lines? They’ve been relegated to mere nostalgic relics, curiosities emblematic of a simpler, less technologically advanced time.

That’s why we’re so glad to see this Cassette Tape Canvases series from Finnish artist Sami Havia. Stringing together dozens of discarded cassette tapes, Havia constructs a canvas on which he paints iconic album covers from the 90s—ranging from Beastie Boys to Green Day to Smashing Pumpkins to Cypress Hill. The resulting images come off as a weird sort of memorial both to the much beloved cassette tape (RIP) and, in a way, to album art itself, which has become a dying medium in this digital age. Not to mention, it’s good for the environment to keep all those cassette tapes out of the landfills.

A sampling of some of our favorite images is below. You can view additional canvases here.

Björk РDebut

NOFXPunk In Drublic

Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness

Beastie Boys – Ill Communication

Green Day – Dookie

Cypress Hill – Black Sunday

Dr. Dre – The Cronic

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