began as a nearly-unknown band in Iowa City, Iowa
in the mid-80's
, and have remained nearly-unknown ever since. Their music, while not originally influenced by Negativland
, is highly reminiscent (sp.?)
of that band, and they have stated (unsurprisingly) that they feel their goals are similar.
The Tape-beatles broke up in the late '90's due to extreme physical distance between their members (one core member was living in Prague
), and a new project called Public Works was formed. Once e-mail
re-enabled cooperation across the ocean, the Tape-beatles again became a reality. Now the core member belonging to both projects is preparing to move to Prague for an indefinite time.
Their main creative technique is digital
(previously analog) tape manipulation. Perhaps because they have a low profile and work primarily from obscure sound sources like motivational tapes
, they have never been sued, unlike Negativland
and John Oswald
(of Plunderphonics fame).
For more information on the Tape-beatles and similar groups, see, for example, http://www.detritus.net.