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The practice of Tape trading is an unofficial method of distribution of demo (music) tapes encompassing musical genres such as punk, hardcore, thrash metal and death metal other taped music such as recordings of live shows were also distributed this way, prevalent during the 1980's and 1990's. Tape trading was a postal system reliant, penfriend style nature of an underground network that relied heavily on the cooperation of fans of different musical genres worldwide as well as the acts being promoted this way themselves eschewing any copyright in order to further spread their notoriety. Acts that gained a following through this would often land a record deal. Notable examples of demos include Infernal Death and Demo '87 by Floridian death metal bands Death and Massacre respectively. Image File history File links Wiki_letter_w. ... A demo version or demo of a song is one recorded for reference rather than for release. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Hardcore punk (aka Hardcore) is a subgenre of punk rock, the sound is thicker, heavier, and faster than punk rock and implimented 1970s heavy metal influences in its music. ... Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music, one of the extreme metal subgenres, that is characterised by its high speed and aggression. ... Death metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal that evolved out of thrash metal during the early 1980s. ... This articles section called History of Copyright does not cite its references or sources. ... A legal agreement (commonly called a record deal) between a record label and a recording artist (or group), where the artist makes a record (or series of records) for the label to sell and promote. ... Death was an influential death metal band from the United States that was founded in 1983 and dissolved in 1999. ... The word massacre has a number of meanings, but most commonly refers to individual events of deliberate and direct mass killing, especially of noncombatant civilians or other innocents, that would often qualify as war crimes or atrocities. ...

The ad hoc system relied on a system of trust, meaning, that meant tapes were swapped in kind' in an honor system, those who did not subscribe to this ethos and received tapes without returning the favour accordingly would become known as 'rip-offs' or 'rip-off traders' and were regarded with scorn. Flyers adverting gigs and recordings and other merchandises for sale were often swapped in conjunction with tape trading. Music that had been licensed to record companies (therefore subject to copyright)and released in the format of Vinyl records, CD and MC's (musicassette) was also pirated onto blank compact cassette medium and traded, although this was in infringement of both unofficial 'rules' of the network and actual copyright law itself. Ad hoc is a Latin phrase which means for this [purpose]. It generally signifies a solution that has been tailored to a specific purpose, such as a tailor-made suit, a handcrafted network protocol, and specific-purpose equation and things like that. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This articles section called History of Copyright does not cite its references or sources. ... 33⅓ LP vinyl record album The vinyl record is a type of gramophone record, most popular from the 1950s to the 1990s, that was most commonly used for mass-produced recordings of music. ... CD may stand for: Compact Disc Canadian Forces Decoration Cash Dispenser (at least used in Japan) CD LPMud Driver Centrum-Demokraterne (Centre Democrats of Denmark) Certificate of Deposit ÄŒeské Dráhy (Czech Railways) Chad (NATO country code) Chalmers Datorförening (computer club of the Chalmers University of Technology) a 1960s... For the meaning of cassette in genetics, see cassette (genetics). ... The Compact Cassette, often referred to as audio cassette, cassette tape, or simply cassette, is a magnetic tape sound recording format. ...

Many traders would, unrequested, fill unused space on the C-60 and C-90 tapes of demos they compiled for fellow traders with local bands in which they were members, or acolytes of. This led to a musical cross-pollination between geographically diverse and disparate areas such as Scandinavia, USA and the UK and their own respective bands/scenes. One notable example of how initial contact through tape trading lent to this trend is in the case of Righteous Pigs guitarist Mitch Harris who hailed from Las Vegas and Birmingham's Mick Harris, drummer with Napalm Death (not related) who would later collaberate writing and recording music, Mitch Harris would eventually relocate to the UK for this purpose. The very nature of the system ensured that recordings would decrease in sound quality with each trade and would in extreme circumstance become almost unlistenable. The advent of the internet and digital music in its various forms has led to music by unsigned acts being swapped electronically and therefore tape trading through the postal system is almost certainly defunct. Mitch Harris is an American guitarist, currently living in Wolverhampton, England. ... This article is about the city of Las Vegas in Nevada. ... The city from above Centenary Square. ... Mick Harris (full name: Michael John Harris) is a British musician. ... Napalm Death is a grindcore/death metal band formed in the village of Meriden near Birmingham, England in 1982 by Nicholas Bullen and Miles Ratledge. ...



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