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Cassette Futurism is a genre of retrofuturism based on the 70's and 80's. The media itself does not have to be set in this time period, but rather explore the speculated alternate future of it. As the name suggests, cassettes are the main way of storing and transferring data.

Visuals[]

CRT monitors are often used, occasionally evolved into larger, more complicated machines, still with curved screens and chunky beige cases. These machines also often have large panels with lots of blinking lights and buttons and any graphics will be poor. Use of geometric shapes is common, and greebling is used mostly on places like lab walls or spaceships.

Scenes may be monochromatic due to the overuse of grey/beige colours, sometimes with the glow of an led light, usually in red, green, or blue. If there are multiple colours, they are often analogous.

Media[]

Films[]

  • Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) and other original trilogy films
  • Alien (1979)
  • Blade Runner (1982) and Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
  • The Transformers: The Movie (1986)
  • Back to the Future Part II (1989)
  • The Matrix (1999)

Anime[]

  • Gundam (1979-Present)
  • Macross (1982-Present)
  • Megazone 23 (1985-1989)
  • AKIRA (1988)
  • Ghost In The Shell (1995)
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995-1996)
  • Cowboy Bebop (1998-1999)

Games[]

  • Quake (1996)
  • Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (1997)
  • Fallout video game series (1997-2018)
  • Half-Life (1998)
  • Halo Combat Evolved (2001)
  • Portal video game series (2007-2011)
  • Alien: Isolation (2014)
  • Jazzpunk (2014)
  • Small Radios Big Televisions (2016)
  • Quadrilateral Cowboy (2016)
  • Prey (2017)
  • Shadow Warrior 2 (2017)
  • Stories Untold (2017)
  • Control (2019)
  • Void Bastards (2019)
  • BONEWORKS (2019)
  • Ostranauts (2020)
  • Due Process (2020)
  • Cyberpunk 2077 (2020)
  • Carrier Command 2 (2021)
  • Aperture Desk Job (2022)
  • BONELAB (2022)
  • SIGNALIS (2022)
  • Stray (2022)
  • Bomb Rush Cyberfunk (2023)
  • Lethal Company (2023)
  • Starfield (2023)

TV Shows[]

  • Doctor Who (1963-1989)
  • Star Trek (1966-69)
  • UFO (1970-1971)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-94)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space 9 (1993-99)
  • Star Trek: Voyager (1995-2001)
  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018)
  • Maniac (2018)
  • Infinity Train (2019-2021)
  • Loki (2021-present)
  • Andor (2022-present)
  • Lockwood & Co. (2023)

Music[]

I_DONT_KNOW_HOW_BUT_THEY_FOUND_ME_-_Leave_Me_Alone

I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME - Leave Me Alone

This is the mentioned music video that includes Cassette Futuristic values and motifs in appearance and sound. Most of the focused technology defining this aesthetic can be found in multiple forms in the background of this music video.

There is a fantastic song that exemplifies this aesthetic well by I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME called "Leave Me Alone". Within the music video of this song, it is set in a scientific setting where in the background old computers can be found, morphed into new technology implying them to be futuristic inventions. The video is also formatted to be squished and is of lower resolution, maybe to fit the style of a cassette tape.

Below are musicians who also have cassette futuristic characteristics in their music:

Artists[]

  • Daft Punk
  • Capsue (J-POP duo)
  • Pet Shop Boys
  • Kraftwerk
  • Rogue (Monstercat artist)
  • Muse
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Natalie Holt
  • I DON'T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME
  • Stereolab
  • Battle Tapes
  • Lemon Demon

Albums[]

  • Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino by Arctic Monkeys
  • 1981 Extended Play by I DON'T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME
  • Simulation Theory by MUSE
  • View-Monster by Lemon Demon

Songs[]

  • "TVA" by Natalie Holt
  • "One More Time" by Daft Punk
  • "Telstar" by The Tornadoes

Gallery[]

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