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Blog posts by Geoff Stanfield


Tape Op Staff Favorites of 2020

by Geoff Stanfield

2020. What a year. Since very few of who reading this will have recently relocated from a nearby galaxy I won't get into the specifics, but we all know what kind of year it was and many of us are glad it's almost gone. It certainly will not be...

Dec. 9, 2020

Introducing DISCussion!

by Geoff Stanfield

During one of the many calls I have on a regular basis with my musician and audio professional friends, it dawned on me what a priveldge these conversations are and thought it might be a good idea to share them with a larger audience as a way to take...

Dec. 8, 2020

A Look Back at Tape Op Holiday Cards

by Geoff Stanfield

Every year at about this time Tape Op Magazine sends out a holiday card to our writers and advertisers as a bit of cheer. This year, in thinking about those in our communities who are struggling, we have opted not to do a card and instead make a...

Dec. 1, 2020

Our Favorite Holiday Albums

by Geoff Stanfield

It's officially December, so go ahead and break out the holiday music! Here are a few favs getting spins in the Tape Op homes. Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Wishes You a Swingin' ChristmasListen on Spotify Trio West - Holiday...

Nov. 16, 2020

Music for People That Like Cats

by Geoff Stanfield

A few months back while on a call with Tape Op publisher John Baccigaluppi, he mentioned that he was working on an album project where the majority of the sounds were generated by his cat Raspy. That is not to say that Raspy actually sat down...

Sept. 21, 2020

Well This Sucks: Recording in the Time of Covid

by Geoff Stanfield

By Justin Douglas When you hear a particularly moving piece of music, and you get that little chill that runs from the top of your scalp down your spine, that’s a specific network in your brain logging that music into your memory....

Sept. 14, 2020

My Trade Show T-Shirts

by Geoff Stanfield

by John Baccigaluppi The music industry trade shows, and the NAMM Show in particular, have always been a mixed bag for me. Every year, for the last 20 years or so, Larry and I, along with Geoff, Scott, and Marsha (We miss you Andy, Dave, and Laura!)...

Sept. 11, 2020

Free Passes to AES Show 2020

by Geoff Stanfield

Hey Tape Op Readers! The AES Show will be online this year and you can get your FREE AES SHOWCASE pass (Showcase is from Oct 19 - 23 and will be on-demand until January) by using VIP code AES2020TapeOp at checkout! Offer good until Sept...

Aug. 26, 2020

Neal Casal Music Foundation

by Geoff Stanfield

Our friend and Tape Op contributor Neal Casal left us one year ago today on August 26, 2019.  Since then, a team of his close friends dug into the archive of music and photography he left behind to create items raising awareness and funds...

Aug. 11, 2020

Review Retraction: Buff Multifunctional Headwear

by Geoff Stanfield

I wrote a review of the Buff Multifunctional Headwear for issue #138 of Tape Op, but based on a study done at Duke University and reported on by the Washington Post today, I am retracting that review and recommending that you do NOT use the Buff...

July 7, 2020

Dub Starter Kit Playlist

by Geoff Stanfield

If you are a Tape Op reader, you know our recent issue #136 had a focus on Dub Reggae. But beyond King Tubby, Lee Perry and Scientist, many people wonder where they should start with their listening to explore the genre. I asked recent interviewee...

June 2, 2020

June 1st, 2020

by Geoff Stanfield

Dear Tape Op Readers, We are feeling overwhelmed and deeply saddened by the death of George Floyd. Unfortunately this is far from an isolated incident.  Our voices and collective action have never been more needed than right now.  Human...

April 29, 2020

RIP Hal Willner 1956-2020

by Geoff Stanfield

Eric Liljestrand remembers his friend and working partner Hal Willner Hal and I spent countless hours, days, weeks, months in dark rooms all over creating some of the most original albums and film scores the world will ever hear. A solid third of...