the format

Tapezine is a new format for self-published magazines that include a cassette which features embedded photos, images, text and data.

Issue #1 of Tapezine: Analogue Journal utilizes an Audio/Music Side A and a Video/Data Side B that is decoded freely and easily using a smartphone or computer.

Issue #1 uses ROBOT 36 encoded “analogue slow-scan television” images on side B to display photographs, art work, illustration, graphic design and poetry embedded onto a Type II audio cassette tape. – This ROBOT36 method can and does work on standard Type I audio tapes, the most common and affordable tape formula.

As Robot36 is an analogue video format, a certain visual tone and other optical qualities of the images are imparted to the images due to both the limitations of the analogue format and due to noise and and imperfections inherent in the transfers between image to sound and back again. This signal loss is often aesthetically and practically graceful allowing for reliable and worst-case-scenario reception of the images by your readers/listeners.

Issue #1 is a prototype of the Tapezine format but is not limited to just that. Other analogue data storage methods can be used. In the spirit of openness, Tapezine: Analogue Journal will always use open and free formats and techniques for the widest ability to decode the data.

Anyone who adheres to the open and free standard model of tapezines is welcome and encouraged to mark their own tapezines with the included identifying mark which indicates that your cassette uses suitable data/video encoding formats.

Video Formats Encouraged by Tapezine: Analogue Journal

  • All ROBOT, Martin, Scottie SSTV modes
    Preferred Formats: ROBOT 8, ROBOT 36

Data Formats Encouraged by Tapezine: Analogue Journal

  • To be determined
    Possible formats: FT8, RTTY