We’ll be tabling and running a workshop at VELOCITIES 2 on Saturday, September 16th, presented by Meantime. The event will be at the Leader Theater in West Philly (4102 Lancaster Avenue). It’s free! We’ll be there 12–6 p.m., with performances continuing until 9.
From noon to 2 p.m. we’re running a free workshop called Store data on a cassette tape & play it back!
In this workshop you’ll convert text data into audio using the program minimodem, then record the audio to a cassette tape. Then you’ll use minimodem to play back your text onscreen in real time. We’ll provide computers and tape decks, and everyone who participates will get a couple free cassette tapes.
We’ll also teach you to experiment with different bit rates and encoding formats. We’ve been using Bell 202-style ASCII encoding at 100 baud (bits per second) because it works reliably and plays back at a comfortable reading speed. Using these encoding settings, a 60-minute cassette tape can store ~34 KB of data.
If you want to record a specific text file to a cassette tape, we recommend bringing it on a USB drive. We can’t guarantee we’ll have internet access on the day of the event.