When I was a student I read an article which was really inspiring at the time. It described the creative process of a sound designer process at the beginning of a project - using his hands to manipulate tape over the playheads as a way of generating unique source material. Then at the end of the project he'd burn everything. As I was reading lots back then I forgot where to find it, but recently explained the article to a friend who knew exactly where it was. The article was from Soundscape: the school of sound lectures, and it was an interview with Walter Murch talking about Frank Warner. You can read it here, it's at the bottom of page 101-102.
Does anyone still use tape in this way, or have any other interesting uses for it? I've been thinking about buying a second hand revox or similar, but am not sure which to get.. any thoughts on this?
I still try to have a stage at the beginning of each new project of just gathering material without putting anything on the timeline, but my whole process is very computer based. I mean I spend time recording or sourcing sounds from libraries and then manipulate then with a computer. What I'm really after are other options for physical control of sound, particularly any that don't involve a screen, and feel more responsive/involving than controlling stuff with midi.
Any thoughts welcomed.
EDIT: I'm kind of surprised that no one has been interested in this so far, I'm certainly not suggesting that it's a good idea to throw protools in the bin or anything like that. More just that sometimes old technology does interesting things that new technology doesn't. As someone who has never had to use tape as a necessity perhaps I'm over romaticising it, but I'm interested to hear from people who did use tape when it was around.