Mixtape Messiah

The Magnetist

The inexorable march of time has confronted us at some point or another in our lifetime. Most of us adapt, bending and conforming to change, but it takes a certain something to stand still or even wade against the current.

The Magnetist by Filibuster Productions dives into the anachronistic and oftentimes solitary life of Micke, a man who manages to incorporate the digital cassette into every aspect of his day-to-day life. Record fans — who are also seeing an increase in numbers these days — will often cite the analog “warmth”, tactility, or the occasion of putting on a record, but what do cassettes offer? They’re digital media, no different than an mp3; they don’t offer the same sense of importance that a big 12-inch record does; and they’re less convenient than an mp3 or CD. This film serves as a response to those and other questions. Throughout, there’s a constant and incredibly interesting sense that those who stand against the torrent of progress can oftentimes stand alone.