The video 8-track cartridges come preloaded with Backbeat, plus a 20-minute bonus featuring mini-doc showcasing unseen footage of Weber's early forays into music, including playing with Counting Crows at age 9.
“As a young toddler, some of my first influences were watching old videos of artists' appearances on vintage TV shows," says Weber in a press release. “I was enamored with the bold colors, unique set design, artsy camera work and of course, the iconic performances. With this in mind, I decided to create Backbeat, a throwback television special featuring my musical project, the Michael Weber Show, as the guest and myself as the program's quirky host (in a time capsule throwback disguise). To further add to this ambitious project, I personally built the sets, engineered/mixed the live music audio, and directed/edited all of the film and graphics. Even the show's funky theme music is a composition of mine from my 2020 'Quarantunes' series.”
Drawn to the idea of creating tangible art, Weber decided the best format was an old format (sort of).
“In fact, I never feel that my artistic endeavors are entirely fulfilled until I can hold them in my hands,” he says. “In the digital age of streaming, this experience has become significantly reduced. My idea to counteract this is to collect unwanted 8-track tapes destined for the landfill and repurpose them into USB hard drives. This way, I'm able to tangibly share my project in a distinctively retro manner and sustainably repurpose an outdated medium.”
To view the film, those who purchase the video 8-tracks can connect the cartridges to their smart TVs by flipping out the cartridges' USB tabs, connecting the provided USB extension cable to their smart TV and following their TV's on-screen prompts. The video can also be viewed on a computer.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.