Art, Cassette Culture — April 3, 2009 at 10:49 am

Cassette art: Turning old tapes into Robert Smith, Ian Curtis, Ian Brown

'Ghost in the Machine: Robert Smith'

The alleged vinyl resurgence may be all the rage in the media right now, but for many of us who came of musical age in the ’80s, the much-maligned cassette still holds a special place — in our hearts at least, if not on our shelves.

That’s probably why these cassette-tape creations by Georgia-based artist Erika Iris Simmons, aka iRI5, have been getting so much buzz online this week. That, and they’re just really eye-catching.

The set of 10 creations, called “Ghost in the Machine,” includes renditions of The Cure’s Robert Smith, Ian Brown of The Stone Roses and late Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis, as well as classic rockers such as Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and The Beatles.

Simmons writes, “The idea comes from a philosopher’s description of how your spirit lives in your body. I imagine we are all, like cassettes, thoughts wrapped up in awkward packaging. : )”

Check out the collection here.



  1. Martin Farnworth

    the mind boggles! great art nonetheless. but i’m curious why someone would hold an affinity for the format itself (above vinyl in particular) beyond sentimental value. how about cassette art of sigue sigue sputnik. ha ha

  2. awesome design! and great band to choose to do it, always liked the cure.,,,

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