Autodigest vol. 4 — A Compressed History of Every Bootleg Ever Recorded


The 4th installment in the Autodigest series of compressed everything: this time around, we are promised all the bootlegs ever.

At a time when the debate on music piracy rages on, it is a good thing to be reminded that the luxurious universe of unofficial recordings is now in its fourth decade and flourishing like never before. If anything, the pressing issue of containing the P2P sharing rampage of official recordings has benefited the underworld: record labels simply cannot be bothered with unofficial recordings when Britney Whatever’s latest opus leaks weeks before release and costs them billions in lost revenue. The irony, of course, is that these free, unofficial recordings are infinitely more exciting than anything Britney Whatever could ever aspire to spit out.

The music on this cassette spans over 40 years and was originally recorded on analogue and digital equipment. We have attempted to distance ourselves as much as possible from the sound of the original recordings. Autodigest Volume 4 is an attempt to reveal all limitations of the source tapes – hiss to the fore, baby!” – Autodigest, 17 Nov 2009.

Very limited release available through Tapeworm and downloadable here.

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