Lou Ottens, who introduced pleasure to many music lovers along with his invention of the audio cassette tape, has died on the age of 94.
Ottens began working for the Phillips digital manufacturing firm in 1952, however his massive second got here within the Nineteen Sixties when he was the top of product growth on the Belgian Hasselt department of the Eindhoven firm Phillips. It was there that he created the audio cassette tape, which formally launched in 1963 on the Berlin Radio Present Electronics Truthful.
The cassette tape was meant to be a extra user-friendly product than the reel-to-reel techniques that have been primarily used on the time. Their extra concise packaging led the corporate to trademark the identify “compact cassette” in 1964.
Ottens would later disclose to Eindhovens Dagblad that on the time of the invention, he was unaware of its future significance. “We have been little boys who had enjoyable taking part in. We didn’t really feel like we have been doing something massive. It was a form of sport,” he acknowledged [as relayed by Netherlands News Live].
The Ottens design turned the usual for audio cassettes world wide, with over 100 billion being bought since its introduction.
Ottens additionally had a hand within the know-how that might ultimately begin to part out the cassette as the favored mode for audio consumption. He labored with Phillips and Sony on the joint growth of the compact disc in 1979.
Cassette tapes grew in reputation within the ’70s and early ’80s previous to the introduction of the CD, however began to say no in reputation and have been largely diminished for retailer gross sales by the late ’90s and early 2000s. Nevertheless, very like vinyl, the cassette tape has seen a latest resurgence in reputation because the CD has pale as a preferred know-how.
The audio cassette was not solely nice for the discharge of full albums, but it surely additionally was a recordable know-how the place many music lovers would compile mixtapes of favourite songs or pressed play to file tracks off the radio.
Ottens was a real pioneer for the unfold of recent music and a part of his story was informed within the 2016 documentary, Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape.