Cassette tapes have been easing back into the music scene for a while now.
A lot of music releases in 2022 included cassette tapes as a physical version and oh yes, they had sales from it.
Another sign that these cassette tapes are gaining more audience is the fact that films and TV series have released their original soundtracks on the format.
In this article, we have listed 5 films and tv series released this year with their OSTs on cassette tapes.
#1. SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a film released last March and is the sequel to the 2020 film Sonic the Hedgehog.
The action-adventure comedy film is based on a video game series of the same name. It focuses on Sonic who goes on a journey around the world, along with his sidekick Tails, as he takes on a test that would prove he’s got what it takes to be a true hero.
Paramount Pictures, the film’s distributor, and Sega Corporation, the video game publisher, teamed up with Enjoy the Ride Records in the release of the film’s original soundtrack on cassette tape.
The version is a limited edition with UV-printed cassette shells designed to resemble the Sega Video Game box and features art from the film in full color.
The 2022 American film Firestarter, directed by Keith Thomas, is based on the 1981 novel of the same name written by Stephen King.
It is also a remake of the novel’s 1984 film adaptation directed by Mark L. Lester. The film is about a couple’s daughter, Charlie, who has pyrokinetic abilities which made her a coveted person of a shady federal agency.
The cassette tape for the fiery film’s original soundtrack is mute with, black, white, and gray dominating the packaging.
The cover art features half of Charlie’s face with only her eyes glowing in yellow and orange.
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#3. THE NORTHMAN
The Northman is a film based on the legend of Amleth.
It tells the story of Amleth, played by Alexander Skarsgård, a viking prince who sets out to fulfill his vow of vengeance for his fathers murderer.
Just like how dark this norse mythology-based film is, the cover art of the film’s original music score is also a plain black background. What’s left for us to see is the Younger Futhark runes that spell “Northman”.
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#4. STRANGER THINGS SEASON 4
Stranger Things’ pilot episode was released on the fifteenth day of July in 2016.
It’s a TV series about a young group of friends that encounter supernatural forces as they find answers.
After almost 6 years, the series is already on its fourth season with more mysteries unraveling.
For this season’s original music score, a cassette tape version was released in limited numbers. There are two colors for the cassette tape, gray and red, and they’re packaged into casings with a cover artwork of people walking into what seems to be a monster’s mouth.
If you’re a fan of the series, you have to make sure you’ve got your own copy before they sell out.
#5. THE RUNNER
Last on the list is the short horror film The Runner which was directed by Jae Matthews and Augustus Muller, also known as the duo Boy Harsher.
The film is about a strange woman covered in blood who travels to a secluded rural town. This short film’s original soundtrack was released as an album with the same name by the duo. It was released on CD, vinyl record, as well as cassette tape.
All of these are available in their Bandcamp. Buy your own copy now.
And that’s it!
We admit that it is a short list, but having cassette tapes from 2022 films and TV series is already a big step for the old format.
We might just wake up one day with cassette tapes being THE FORMAT just like what happened with vinyl records.
James Hill is a veteran of the music industry. He first worked at Warner Reprise Records then later joined Interscope/ Geffen Records where he managed producers and songwriters and got his first platinum record for Keyshia Cole’s The Way It Is. He is now helping indie artists with branding and manufacturing through his company Unified Manufacturing, a CD/DVD/vinyl and merch company in LA.