The MiniDisc was born exactly thirty years ago, on November 1, 1992.
Abandoned in 2012, it was then officially reported missing in 2013.
A very short existence in the life of audio formats.
This programme for the Radia network becomes the pretext to resuscitate a selection of personal recordings, amongst a hundred MiniDiscs representing several hundred hours of recordings made between 1998 and 2005 on this no less famous ATRAC format whose simple evocation will move some of you.
A (very) personal opinion:
The mini disc was THE best format of all time ! It had all the advantages of the audio cassette in re-writable digital format and instant playback, plus the possibility of editing within the support itself, to make loops without cuts, and to re-record on the spot.
A pocket studio at the height of mechanical technology. A format so bastard and born too late to survive. Neither mainstream nor professional, a consumerist marvel at the dawn of digital, so to speak, dematerialized.
The quintessence of obsolescence, the last song of a materialistic sign.
This radio programme bringst together a hundred files from 1 sec to 4min mixing a lot of raw materials, some field-recordings many wanderings back and forth with a protools editing suite from another time and a series of minidisc’s players noise.