Watch a short feature on file sharing in 1980s Italy

Dayna Evans

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Strut Records released the phenomenal compilation record, Mutazione, earlier this year, a wide-reaching collection of dance tracks by Italian artists in the 80s that were spread around through zines and cassettes long before there was SoundCloud or an internet to lean on. The album gives insight into a culture that might otherwise have been disregarded, and it now has a short feature video to accompany the scrapbook listen. The TRAX Collective, a group of artists and musicians responsible for these exceptional file shares, are interviewed below in an illuminating video that shows not only the breadth of the exchanges, but the complications behind it, too. The 80s, after all, were a totally different time. Watch as TRAX founder, Vittore Baroni, shows how file sharing was done before files existed on the cloud.

You can head to Strut Records to discover all the gems on the Mutazione compilation, out now.

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