#BoomboxRespect


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#BoomboxRespect

Respect the Boombox and its Creators

This is our message to design museums everywhere.

Radios, televisions, even turntables are collected and preserved by them, but not the boombox. This needs to change.

 

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MoMA

Cooper-Hewitt

Le Centre Pompidou

Rijks Museum

 

Seminal or “grail” boomboxes such as the JVC RC-M90, Conion C-100F, or Lasonic TRC-975 are important not only as examples of world-class design and engineering, but also as powerful tools of communication and self expression.

Unlike a radio or television, the boombox can be a creative tool for music making and sharing. Using a microphone or the “pause tape” technique (recording a snippet of sound then pausing the cassette tape before recording another snippet), a boombox can be used to construct a musical composition from found and created sounds. Once finished, the composition can be shared immediately via the boombox’s speakers or later using its cassette deck to create a copy.

Along with the turntable, the boombox played a crucial role in DIY music making culture during the 1970s and 1980s. Public Enemy’s Chuck D famously called hip hop the “CNN of the ghetto” and the boombox was how the message was first broadcast.

Now is the time to give the boombox and its creators the respect they deserve. These iconic music making and sharing machines need to be preserved for future generations just as radios, televisions, and turntables are now.

Our goal is 5,000 signatures for each petition. Can you help us respectfully ask these institutions of art and design to show some #BoomboxRespect?

After signing, a confirmation email will be sent. Please click the link in the email to add your signature to the list.

P.S. We will never sell your email address (that would be lame), and if you’d like to let us know what your favorite boombox is, that’d be great!

 

MoMA


Museum of Modern Art Petition

Paola Antonelli
Senior Curator
Museum of Modern Art, New York

Dear Ms. Antonelli,

There are 15 radios, 8 televisions, 7 turntables but 0 boomboxes in MoMA's collection.

Where's the boombox respect?

Seminal or “grail” boomboxes such as the JVC RC-M90, Conion C-100F, or Lasonic TRC-931 are important not only as examples of world-class design and engineering, but also as powerful tools of communication and self expression.

Unlike a radio or television, the boombox can be a creative tool for music making and sharing. Using a microphone or the “pause tape” technique (recording a snippet of sound then pausing the cassette tape before recording another snippet), a boombox can be used to construct a musical composition from found and created sounds. Once finished, the composition can be shared immediately via the boombox’s speakers or later using its cassette deck to create a copy.

Along with the turntable, the boombox played a crucial role in DIY music making culture during the 1970s and 1980s. Public Enemy’s Chuck D famously called hip hop the “CNN of the ghetto” and the boombox was how the message was first broadcast.

Now is the time to give the boombox and its creators the respect they deserve. These iconic music making and sharing machines need to be preserved for future generations just as radios, televisions, and turntables are now.

I strongly urge you to add a "grail" boombox to your collection this year. On behalf of future generations, thank you.

Sincerely,

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Cooper-Hewitt


Cooper-Hewitt Petition

Ellen Lupton
Senior Curator of Contemporary Design
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Dear Ms. Lupton,

There are 9 radios and 3 turntables but 0 boomboxes in Cooper-Hewitt's collection.

Where's the boombox respect?

Seminal or “grail” boomboxes such as the JVC RC-M90, Conion C-100F, or Lasonic TRC-931 are important not only as examples of world-class design and engineering, but also as powerful tools of communication and self expression.

Unlike a radio or television, the boombox can be a creative tool for music making and sharing. Using a microphone or the “pause tape” technique (recording a snippet of sound then pausing the cassette tape before recording another snippet), a boombox can be used to construct a musical composition from found and created sounds. Once finished, the composition can be shared immediately via the boombox’s speakers or later using its cassette deck to create a copy.

Along with the turntable, the boombox played a crucial role in DIY music making culture during the 1970s and 1980s. Public Enemy’s Chuck D famously called hip hop the “CNN of the ghetto” and the boombox was how the message was first broadcast.

Now is the time to give the boombox and its creators the respect they deserve. These iconic music making and sharing machines need to be preserved for future generations just as radios, televisions, and turntables are now.

I strongly urge you to add a "grail" boombox to your collection this year. On behalf of future generations, thank you.

Sincerely,

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Le Centre Pompidou


Le Centre Pompidou Petition

Alfred Pacquement
Chief Curator of Design
Centre National d'art et de culture Georges Pompidou

Dear M. Pacquement,

There are 60 radios but 0 boomboxes in the Le Centre Pompidou collection.

Where's the boombox respect?

Seminal or “grail” boomboxes such as the JVC RC-M90, Conion C-100F, or Lasonic TRC-931 are important not only as examples of world-class design and engineering, but also as powerful tools of communication and self expression.

Unlike a radio or television, the boombox can be a creative tool for music making and sharing. Using a microphone or the “pause tape” technique (recording a snippet of sound then pausing the cassette tape before recording another snippet), a boombox can be used to construct a musical composition from found and created sounds. Once finished, the composition can be shared immediately via the boombox’s speakers or later using its cassette deck to create a copy.

Along with the turntable, the boombox played a crucial role in DIY music making culture during the 1970s and 1980s. Public Enemy’s Chuck D famously called hip hop the “CNN of the ghetto” and the boombox was how the message was first broadcast.

Now is the time to give the boombox and its creators the respect they deserve. These iconic music making and sharing machines need to be preserved for future generations just as radios, televisions, and turntables are now.

I strongly urge you to add a "grail" boombox to your collection this year. On behalf of future generations, thank you.

Sincerely,

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51 signatures

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Rijks Museum


Rijks Museum Petition

Taco Dibbits
Director of Collections, Rijks Museum

Dear Dhr. Dibbits,

There are 8 radios and 0 boomboxes in the Rijks Museum's collection.

Where's the boombox respect?

Seminal or “grail” boomboxes such as the JVC RC-M90, Conion C-100F, or Lasonic TRC-931 are important not only as examples of world-class design and engineering, but also as powerful tools of communication and self expression.

Unlike a radio or television, the boombox can be a creative tool for music making and sharing. Using a microphone or the “pause tape” technique (recording a snippet of sound then pausing the cassette tape before recording another snippet), a boombox can be used to construct a musical composition from found and created sounds. Once finished, the composition can be shared immediately via the boombox’s speakers or later using its cassette deck to create a copy.

Along with the turntable, the boombox played a crucial role in DIY music making culture during the 1970s and 1980s. Public Enemy’s Chuck D famously called hip hop the “CNN of the ghetto” and the boombox was how the message was first broadcast.

Now is the time to give the boombox and its creators the respect they deserve. These iconic music making and sharing machines need to be preserved for future generations just as radios, televisions, and turntables are now.

I strongly urge you to add a "grail" boombox to your collection this year. On behalf of future generations, thank you.

Sincerely,

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50 signatures

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48Caitlin OConnellDec 18, 2014
47Marissa AiutoDec 18, 2014
46Shannon BalesDec 18, 2014
45Alexander MunteanuNov 28, 2014
44Greg ZielinskiOct 28, 2014
43Joseph ChristopherAug 29, 2014
42rahim-vayath indiaAug 28, 2014
41Steven LopezSep 17, 2014
40Jeff KiteJul 10, 2014
39Mike MohrJun 29, 2014
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