The Leicester Tape Recording Club


Imagination Unlimited
Duration: 28:20

The past is often said to be a foreign country. This programme features audio postcards from some of the inhabitants. The Leicester Tape Recording Club was a club for tape recording enthusiasts active in the sixties and seventies.

Like a latter day Mass Observation, amateur radio producers and documentary makers sometimes unintentionally captured the minutiae of a now surreal suburbia. A forgotten world of bri-nylon, briar pipes and tank-tops met an arcane society who spoke of tape-speeds and soldering irons. These programmes takes a nostalgic and humorous look at the club and its members.

Ex-members memories wow and flutter like their disintegrating reel-to-reel recordings. This is a story not just of a club but a community, a community of hobbyists, amateurs and charming personalities who captured otherwise long extinct phenomena like 'The Golden Wonder Boy'. Memories are made of hiss…


"They’d Got It all Taped For Me – SAYS MR. LEICESTER"
News article - Leicester Mercury, Tuesday, January 6th, 1959:

"Leicester Pen Pals Keep in Touch – By Tape"
News article, publication unknown, 1959



A four-part series about The Leicester Tape Recording Club, 'Imagination Unlimited', was aired on Resonance FM in 2008. Condensed versions of the series were broadcast across the RADIA network, on NE1 as part of the AV festival, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and as part of Sonic Arts Network's Brighton Expo 2008.






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